LEEK has come out as joint runner-up for the best high street in the country.
The Telegraph has announced today (Saturday, January 4) that Deal in Kent has been named the ‘High Street of the Year’ as part of its ‘Reinventing the High Street’ campaign.
Joint runners up were Leek along with Ramsbottom in Lancashire.
Throughout 2013, The Daily Telegraph and its readers have been debating the future of Britain’s 5,000 high streets as part of the campaign. Telegraph readers were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite high street and over 500 nominations were received.
The ten high streets with the most votes from readers were shortlisted: Bridport, Dorset; Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk; Deal, Kent; Leek, Staffordshire; Malmesbury, Wiltshire; Mill Road, Cambridge; Ramsbottom, Lancashire; Sherborne, Dorset; Teddington, South-West London; Yarm, Teesside.
The winning high street was chosen by a panel of judges chaired by the Minister with responsibility for high streets, Brandon Lewis MP.
The panel also included: Amanda Callaghan, Corporate Affairs Director at the British Retail Consortium; William Grimsey, former Focus, Wickes and Iceland CEO, Liz Hunt, Associate Editor, The Daily Telegraph, and Kylie O'Brien, Editor, Weekend, The Daily Telegraph.
Liz Hunt, Associate Editor, The Daily Telegraph, said: “We have been thrilled with our readers’ response and support of The Telegraph’s Reinventing the High Street campaign.
“Our winner, Deal, is a very good example for other struggling high streets of how an engaged local community, with support from local and national government, can match enthusiasm for their high street with good and innovative practice.”
As part of The Telegraph’s ‘Reinventing the High Street’ campaign, the Weekend section of The Daily Telegraph has today also announced its ‘High Street Champion of the Year’, Alison Stammers, the volunteer chair of the Town Team in Chislehurst, Kent.
For reaction from the community about Leek coming joint second, see Wednesday's Leek Post & Times