Helmsley needs your help to be crowned Britain’s best

Helmsley Town Centre.Picture Richard Ponter 140537b
Helmsley Town Centre.Picture Richard Ponter 140537b

High streets and market towns across Yorkshire including Helmsley need your votes in a national competition to find Britain’s best high street.

Two weeks into the six-week public voting period, a rankings released by the Great British High Street Competition has revealed that:

Helmsley is riding high in first place in the Market Town Category Chipping Norton (2nd) and Colne (3rd)

Carolyn Frank, bid leader from Libby Butler Jewellers, Helmsley, said: “Over the past three years Helmsley in Business have made every effort to make Helmsley a better place to work, shop and socialise for our residents and all our visitors. We do this successfully only due to the immense community support, and becoming finalists in this national competition is a great recognition of all the volunteers and effort that goes in to the town across all it’s organisations.

“That’s why we are delighted that that we’ve been recognised as one of the top three high streets in the Market Town category and one of the best in the country.

“But to help us get over the line and be ranked Britain’s best, we need local people and all our Helmsley fans nationally and internationally to keep getting online and get voting every day until the November 13 deadline.

“Those who wish to vote online but don’t have computer access can do so at the voting stations around town including Lazenby Visuals, the Cut Price Book Store, Hunters of Helmsley upstairs, Helmsley Post Office and Campaign HQ at Libby Butler Jewellers.”

Other Yorkshire high streets doing well in the competition are: Bishy Road, York is in 3rd place in the Local Centre Category, behind both Hoole (1st) and Bath Place, Taunton (2nd).

Rotherham is riding high in first place in the Town Centre Category, ahead of Tamworth (2nd) and Altrincham (3rd).

Bradford’s North Parade is riding high in first place in the City Category, ahead of St Giles Street, Northampton (2nd) and Mill Road, Cambridge (3rd).

The Great British High Street Competition 2015 is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government and sponsored by Boots, Costa, Post Office, Marks and Spencer and Tesco.

Now in its second year it is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.

High Streets Minister Marcus Jones said: “The local high street is the life and soul of many towns, villages and cities across the country. These awards are a great opportunity to not only celebrate those that are the best of the best, but also to help others learn their valuable tips for success

“All of Yorkshire’s high streets that are finalists did fantastically well to make it into the final three but now they need your help to get them title of Britain’s best.

“If you care about your local high street then show your support and get voting.”

This year’s competition saw a record 230 applicants and now, for the first time, the public has the chance to vote directly for their best-loved high street online.

Between now and November 13 you can cast your vote for free via thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk or on Facebook.

Alongside the public vote each finalist will be visited by an expert judge – one of a panel of industry experts from the Future High Streets Forum. The judges have a 50% say on who wins the competition.

To go online to cast your vote, visit the Great British High Street website and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.