Louth nominated for ‘Great British High Street of the Year’ award

The Great British High Street Of The Year Awards 2014. EMN-140909-123857001
The Great British High Street Of The Year Awards 2014. EMN-140909-123857001
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Louth’s high street has been entered into a major campaign which could see £50,000 worth of prize money coming into our town - if it wins.

Louth was entered into the market town category in this year’s ‘Great British High Street Of The Year’ awards, launched by the Future High Streets Forum and backed by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Town manager Nicola Marshall (right) promotes 'The Great British High Street Awards' alongside Tracey McVeigh and Barbara Collins who have just opened their new shop, Two Souls, in New Street. EMN-140909-171655001

Town manager Nicola Marshall (right) promotes 'The Great British High Street Awards' alongside Tracey McVeigh and Barbara Collins who have just opened their new shop, Two Souls, in New Street. EMN-140909-171655001

The application deadline was last week. It is now down to a panel of top independent experts to determine whether Louth will make the shortlist and progress to the next stage.

Town Manager Nicola Marshall decided to enter Louth into the competition as she believes the town has a good chance of winning - although it certainly won’t be an easy ride.

“There will be a lot of tough competition, but if Louth pulls together then we’ll be in with a chance”, said Nicola.

“A lot of towns have entered, but in terms of the market town category, I’m not sure if any other towns in Lincolnshire have entered. These awards are the kind of thing that Louth needs to be involved in, to boost our profile and promote the town.”

Nicola added: “The focus is the high street so I have entered Mercer Row, Cornmarket and Eastgate for the judges’ consideration. I’ve been giving stickers to local shops to put in their window to help promote our bid.

“Local business coming together, such as for our voucher campaign in the Louth Leader, was also well supported and we need to build on that.

“We need to get people behind the campaign and talk the positives up. Louth does face challenges, such as the sale of the Cattle Market for a supermarket and the demolition of the Malt Kiln to make way for Aldi, but the town should work together to turn those things into a positive.”

• Winners will be selected by an independent panel of experts later in the Autumn.

Follow the campaign using the hashtag #GBHighSt on social media, and do your bit to support Louth’s bid to win.