Colchester in the top ten of the UK's happiest places

Gazette: All smiles at Essex University's Top Bar All smiles at Essex University's Top Bar

COLCHESTER is the eighth happiest place in the UK...according to a new smartphone app.

American-based company Jet- Pac has analysed more than 100million snaps uploaded to photo sharing site Instagram.

It looked at the number of grins and the size of the beam to give each town and city a “smile score”.

Colchester is ranked eighth.

The app also breaks down the data to find the happiest places in each town.

The Rovers Tye pub, in Ipswich Road, was named the happiest in Colchester, followed by Essex University’s Top Bar and Liquid & Envy nightclub.

Becky Newbury, vice president of the Student Union, said: “We’re thrilled to hear students love spending time in Top Bar.

“We work really hard to create amazing bars and venues for our students and this effort is obviously paying off.

“Top Bar has a different feel to our other venues, offering a much more chilled out vibe and a place where students and lecturers can socialise together at the end of a long day. ”

The Lemon Tree, in St Isaac’s Walk, also featured on the list.

Harriet Baker, the restaurant’s office manager, said: “We’re pleased people have been putting photos up for us.

“We try to ensure every customer who comes in has a really enjoyable experience from great food and service.”

Emma Smith, store manager at Asda in Turner Retail Park, said: “That news makes us smile even more than usual. Our staff are really proud to serve the local community so its extra special to know customers have recognised them.”

The app features other lists, including the top places for students to go and the best views - which were the Wivenhoe Trail, Castle Park and High Woods County Park.

To downland the app search for JetPac.

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7:48am Tue 21 Jan 14

pinkteapot says...

Breaking news: research shows that people in pubs take lots of photos of each other grinning wildly. Shocking.
Breaking news: research shows that people in pubs take lots of photos of each other grinning wildly. Shocking. pinkteapot
  • Score: 19

8:48am Tue 21 Jan 14

HARRY438 says...

Probably selfies?
Probably selfies? HARRY438
  • Score: 4

9:35am Tue 21 Jan 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

There all drunk
There all drunk Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 6

10:39am Tue 21 Jan 14

Scoot says...

Come on Gazette find out where the saddest spot in Colchester is.....Bet its the station exit during rush hour after everyones been crammed on the shortened trains.
Come on Gazette find out where the saddest spot in Colchester is.....Bet its the station exit during rush hour after everyones been crammed on the shortened trains. Scoot
  • Score: 16

1:11pm Tue 21 Jan 14

UndergroundOverground says...

Colonel Kurtz wrote:
There all drunk
Where all drunk?
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: There all drunk[/p][/quote]Where all drunk? UndergroundOverground
  • Score: 16

10:28pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Reginald47 says...

Scoot wrote:
Come on Gazette find out where the saddest spot in Colchester is.....Bet its the station exit during rush hour after everyones been crammed on the shortened trains.
No it's obvious - the saddest spot is the Gazette website - or rather the people on it.
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: Come on Gazette find out where the saddest spot in Colchester is.....Bet its the station exit during rush hour after everyones been crammed on the shortened trains.[/p][/quote]No it's obvious - the saddest spot is the Gazette website - or rather the people on it. Reginald47
  • Score: 6

11:31pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Sidney Harbour-Bridge says...

They're probably happy because they're getting drunk at the tax payers expense!
They're probably happy because they're getting drunk at the tax payers expense! Sidney Harbour-Bridge
  • Score: -9

1:10am Wed 22 Jan 14

James Harrington says...

oh please what a joke its not april the 1st for some weeks yet?

tell that to jay winstons parents will you

say the same thing to 2,250 patients families who have had loved ones die in the last 2 years at colchester hospital.

make the same statement to 17,000 fixed penalty ticket holders who had to wait weeks to get a reprieve.

relate that statistic to the refuse workers at the dump at colchester and all the staff.

does that include the residents living at mile end with 1600 bombshell awaiting.

the only one that will be smirking over this data is Teflon Pritchard and the cohorts!

the kid throwing the bricks of the bridge on the A12 must be so delirious that he must have voted in the happiness APP

please this is the last load of tripe we want to read at the moment.

thank you
oh please what a joke its not april the 1st for some weeks yet? tell that to jay winstons parents will you say the same thing to 2,250 patients families who have had loved ones die in the last 2 years at colchester hospital. make the same statement to 17,000 fixed penalty ticket holders who had to wait weeks to get a reprieve. relate that statistic to the refuse workers at the dump at colchester and all the staff. does that include the residents living at mile end with 1600 bombshell awaiting. the only one that will be smirking over this data is Teflon Pritchard and the cohorts! the kid throwing the bricks of the bridge on the A12 must be so delirious that he must have voted in the happiness APP please this is the last load of tripe we want to read at the moment. thank you James Harrington
  • Score: -1

1:43am Wed 22 Jan 14

Boris says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Scoot wrote:
Come on Gazette find out where the saddest spot in Colchester is.....Bet its the station exit during rush hour after everyones been crammed on the shortened trains.
No it's obvious - the saddest spot is the Gazette website - or rather the people on it.
You would know.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: Come on Gazette find out where the saddest spot in Colchester is.....Bet its the station exit during rush hour after everyones been crammed on the shortened trains.[/p][/quote]No it's obvious - the saddest spot is the Gazette website - or rather the people on it.[/p][/quote]You would know. Boris
  • Score: -3

3:22pm Wed 22 Jan 14

romantic says...

Sidney Harbour-Bridge wrote:
They're probably happy because they're getting drunk at the tax payers expense!
Except, of course, that they have student loans. Many will also have jobs to pay their way through uni.
[quote][p][bold]Sidney Harbour-Bridge[/bold] wrote: They're probably happy because they're getting drunk at the tax payers expense![/p][/quote]Except, of course, that they have student loans. Many will also have jobs to pay their way through uni. romantic
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3:39pm Wed 22 Jan 14

romantic says...

It is, of course, an extremely un scientific study, but actually I would say that Colchester is a pretty happy place. James Harrington chooses to focus on the negative aspects. I'm sure Jay Whiston's parents are not happy, can't disagree with that. A couple of my family have died at CGH in the past year, but they were old and knew it was coming. Actually, they were still smiling right to the end. People do die at hospital. Sometimes, more could be done to make the last days more comfortable, but this is also true throughout the world. Death comes to all of us in the end.

Parking tickets etc are a fact of life no matter where you are. Working at the dump: it's a job. I've worked the bins in the past and actually it can be quite a nice job at times. 1600 new houses at Mile End: OK, it will eventually have an impact on traffic through North Station. If that is going to be a massive issue for you, you have several years in which to move house. Or ditch the car and catch a bus. Or cycle.

I have quite a few people coming to visit, and actually most of them think Colchester is a good, vibrant place. They like the park, the castle, the shopping. They like the range of restaurants and that there are still some decent pubs left. They like that there is history here, even though we woefully neglect most of it. They like that there are a couple of theatres, and they like the nightlife. I don't know anybody who has come here and not felt happy being in Colchester.

Clearly, there are issues, but I think sometimes people get so tied up in the minutiae of everyday life that they see things as worse than they are. Bus lanes are an inconvenience, but you get them in every town. Traffic is not solely the preserve of North Station, I have sat in jams in many European cities which dwarf those at the station. Queen Street is not pretty at 3am, but people get a distorted view if they only see it on TV programmes. I walk through there now and then and have never had a problem.

Maybe I'm just a happy guy anyway, and maybe it's just that I know Colchester well and know lots of people here, but actually I would say people here are happier than in most other UK towns and cities!
It is, of course, an extremely un scientific study, but actually I would say that Colchester is a pretty happy place. James Harrington chooses to focus on the negative aspects. I'm sure Jay Whiston's parents are not happy, can't disagree with that. A couple of my family have died at CGH in the past year, but they were old and knew it was coming. Actually, they were still smiling right to the end. People do die at hospital. Sometimes, more could be done to make the last days more comfortable, but this is also true throughout the world. Death comes to all of us in the end. Parking tickets etc are a fact of life no matter where you are. Working at the dump: it's a job. I've worked the bins in the past and actually it can be quite a nice job at times. 1600 new houses at Mile End: OK, it will eventually have an impact on traffic through North Station. If that is going to be a massive issue for you, you have several years in which to move house. Or ditch the car and catch a bus. Or cycle. I have quite a few people coming to visit, and actually most of them think Colchester is a good, vibrant place. They like the park, the castle, the shopping. They like the range of restaurants and that there are still some decent pubs left. They like that there is history here, even though we woefully neglect most of it. They like that there are a couple of theatres, and they like the nightlife. I don't know anybody who has come here and not felt happy being in Colchester. Clearly, there are issues, but I think sometimes people get so tied up in the minutiae of everyday life that they see things as worse than they are. Bus lanes are an inconvenience, but you get them in every town. Traffic is not solely the preserve of North Station, I have sat in jams in many European cities which dwarf those at the station. Queen Street is not pretty at 3am, but people get a distorted view if they only see it on TV programmes. I walk through there now and then and have never had a problem. Maybe I'm just a happy guy anyway, and maybe it's just that I know Colchester well and know lots of people here, but actually I would say people here are happier than in most other UK towns and cities! romantic
  • Score: 9

9:12pm Wed 22 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

gGood news at last in the media for the good old town.
gGood news at last in the media for the good old town. stevedawson
  • Score: 0

10:38pm Thu 23 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Some years ago in a different survey the town was 16th:

So Colchester is better than any of the towns in the Lake District for residents happiness?

Southwold ....Aldeburgh ...Parts of Norfolk Including Scole

Devon & Cornwall?

The Garden Of England Kent?

East Sussex and Hampshire?

Oxford?

Scotland?

Parts of North Wales Including Clwyd and Portmeiron:

The Area Borders of Durham

I do not think so!

What an utter load of rubbish.
Some years ago in a different survey the town was 16th: So Colchester is better than any of the towns in the Lake District for residents happiness? Southwold ....Aldeburgh ...Parts of Norfolk Including Scole Devon & Cornwall? The Garden Of England Kent? East Sussex and Hampshire? Oxford? Scotland? Parts of North Wales Including Clwyd and Portmeiron: The Area Borders of Durham I do not think so! What an utter load of rubbish. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 1

8:41am Fri 24 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

It might not be true but at least its not the negativity we have had of late.
It might not be true but at least its not the negativity we have had of late. stevedawson
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