Market town is one of 12 in UK to access £1.2m as a 'Portas Pilot'
Months of endeavour and hard work have finally paid off for community-spirited campaigners in a West town, after it was today named one of a dozen "Portas Pilots".
Liskeard is among the handful of towns now able to access a £1.2m fund to improve the area, as well as tapping in to the advice and wisdom of retail expert and television presenter Mary Portas.
Nearly 400 communities applied for the sought-after package in an attempt to rescue ailing town centres from demise.
Liskeard mayor Tony Powell paid tribute to the hard work ploughed into the town's bid.
He said enthusiasm and community spirit was ripe in the town, after thousands of people crammed the streets on Saturday for the first day of the Olympic torch relay.
He said: "This is absolutely fantastic news for this town.
"We have just enjoyed the most magnificent day with the torch, which has really galvanised the town.
"This announcement will add to that excitement and to the marvellous summer of announcements which we anticipate."
The old market town has been the hub of frustrated activity in the last decade, as well-intentioned and enthusiastic campaigns to bring a cinema and bowling alley to Liskeard have failed to materialise.
It has also had to deal with the creation of a thriving out-of-town shopping district, with a supermarket and free parking, while the cost to park in the town centre has soared.
But the community spirit has not faltered, with local barber Andy Blackwell having organised a campaign to refund some visitors' parking, as well as there being a high-profile social media presence.
Local Government Minister Grant Shapps, making the announcement, said: "Together these pilots can be the vanguard of a high street revolution, and others can look to their example to kick-start a renaissance of our town centres."
Ms Portas, who visited the South West in the build-up to the bidding process, said: "I've been deeply touched by both the quality and creativity of the bids and the momentum Britain's first town teams have generated in just a few short weeks.
"Britain wants its town centres revitalised and the energy and accountability for that needs to rest with the people who live and do business there."
A second round of winners will be announced in July.