Hebden Bridge falls behind in Great British High Street competition

Hebden Bridge needs YOUR votes in a national competition to find Britain's best high street.

Friday, 4th November 2016, 12:10 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:23 pm
Market Street, Hebden Bridge if the Great British High Street Awards.

Over a week into the public voting period, rankings released today by the Great British High Street competition has revealed that Hebden Bridge has fallen into second place.

Market Street had been in the lead, but it is now second place to Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire in the Small Market Town category. Thame, also in Oxfordshire is ranked third.

But with two weeks to go until voting closes, that could all change.

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With the public vote making up 50 per cent of final decision, the team behind the Hebden Bridge entry is urging local people to get behind their bid for glory.

High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said: “Over 100,000 votes have been cast in the competition so far, proving that people are passionate about their high streets up and down the country.

“Hebden Bridge did fantastically well to make it into the final three, but now every vote counts and they need an extra push to get them title of Britain’s best high street.”

The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets.

It is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.

Winners in each category will get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000 and expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants, as well as a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to boost their social media skills.