LOVE is in the air as couples across the borough celebrate Valentine's Day today.

We thought we would take the opportunity to look at several of the reasons why we love Bury — and why it's a borough to be proud of.

Bury was historically a mill town and was home to Sir Robert Peel, a former Prime Minister and founder of the modern police force.

The Peel Tower monument was erected in memory of Ramsbottom-born Sir Robert, and takes pride of place on top of Holcombe Hill.

Bury is also the home of the world famous Bury black pudding.

Bury Black Pudding Company founded by Debbie Pierce and Richard Morris, has been selling its low fat, iron-rich black pudding to the borough and beyond since its humble beginnings at Bury Market, where it still has a stall.

The award-winning bustling market, with its traditional stalls, is also high up on the list of reasons why we love Bury.

Voted Britain's Favourite Market by visitors, the site attracts shoppers from across the country. From al-fresco shopping at its 158 outdoor market units to the state of the art Fish and Meat Hall, there is something for everyone.

Bury Council leader Rishi Shori, previously said: "It's long been said that Bury Market is the town's 'jewel in the crown'. It is popular with people across the length and breadth of the country."

Another reason residents are proud of their hometown is the ever-popular Fusilier Museum. Last year, it featured an exhibition which brought together all of the Victoria Crosses awarded to the Lancashire Fusiliers during the First World War for the first time.

Another major attraction is the East Lancashire Railway, which has scooped a haul of awards.

The railway, which is based in Bolton Street, Bury, has seen considerable growth in recent years, and now attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year to a range of events including its Wizard Academy, Santa Specials, visits from the Flying Scotsman, dining experiences, and Rail Ale Trail tours.

We are also proud of the floral displays and quality green spaces across the town which have helped Bury to clinch a gold award at the Britain in Bloom North West awards for 15 consecutive years.

What are your favourite things about Bury?

From our amazing communities to our heritage and rich culture, we have lots to shout about.