A NEW initiative has been launched to show that Knutsford is a ‘town with a big heart’.

Businesses are offering a seat to anyone who wishes to have a little rest whilst exploring the shops and historic attractions.

The town’s charm and quirkiness is its narrow streets but these unique features can create a challenge for many residents and visitors.

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Knutsford Town Council has launched a new community-focused initiative, ‘Take a Seat’.

The scheme is designed to make the town centre a more pleasant and stress-free experience for everyone, particularly older adults and those with disabilities, chronic or short-term illnesses and injuries.

Participating businesses will display a ‘Take a Seat’ sticker in their windows, indicating that inside, a welcoming space awaits those who need it without the obligation to make a purchase.

Sandra Curties, town centre manager, said: "We are proud to support our community with this initiative.

"Knutsford is a town with a big heart and by introducing ‘Take a Seat’, we are taking a step towards ensuring that our streets and shops are accessible to all, reinforcing our commitment to inclusivity.

“The initiative not only supports those who might struggle with mobility but also fosters a stronger sense of community and belonging.

“It encourages residents and visitors alike to explore all that Knutsford has to offer at their own pace.”

Participating locations include:

• Knutsford Heritage Centre, King Street

• Lost and Found, Princess Street

• Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street

• Arthur Lee, Hollingford House, Toft Road

• Cranford Café, Canute Place

• The Tea Room, Cotton Shop Yard, King Street

• Detaljer, Princess Street

• Clarity Contemporary Jewellery, King Street

• Tatton Perk, Malt Street on King Street car park

• Nxtep Gym, King Street