WEST KIRBY has been named as one of the best places to live in the North West by The Sunday Times.

The coastal town features alongside the likes of Kirkby Lonsdale, Altrincham, Knutsford and Aigburth with the full list of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide will be published on Sunday, April 14.

A wide range of factors are used to rank locations, from jobs, schools and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops.

The judges combine data with their own on-the-ground experience and insight to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where everyone can thrive.

The Sunday Times home editor Helen Davies said: "Finding our very own best place to live now feels more important than ever, for our wellbeing and wealth, happiness and health.

"Wherever you are on the property ladder The Sunday Times has championed 101 locations across the UK, and crowned one lucky winner, that we think is a great place to make a home.

"This year we were looking for community spirit along with convenience and culture.

"There is so much going on around the country, and so many great places that the choice was a hard one."

The full list will be able to view on Sunday, April 14 via www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/bestplacestolive