Linlithgow has been named as having one of Britain’s best high streets in the third annual Great British High Street competition. Named in the Top 5 of the "large market town" category, Linlithgow beat over 85% of entries and just missed out on going through to the public vote to decide the winner. The Top 5 in the large market town category are:
Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Linlithgow, West Lothian
*The bolded top 3 go through to the public vote.
High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said: “Linlithgow demonstrated many of the things we were looking for: a commitment to revitalising the high street as a unique place for living, working and shopping.
“Linlithgow just missed out on the public vote this year but can take great pride in reaching the final 5 and being named one of Britain’s best high streets.”
Gail Boardman, Chair, Linlithgow Town Centre BID said: "Historically and geographically, with a diverse High Street and active community, Linlithgow is a destination centre which has an appeal for everyone. “From the canal to loch side, independent retailers, marvellous food and drink outlets, active cycling and sports groups, children’ activities and arts venues - Linlithgow welcomes all interests. Come and visit us!”
This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops. Now the shortlist has been drawn up and the public has the chance to vote directly for their best-loved high street online. Between now and November you can cast your vote for one of the top 3 finalists* in each of the categories for free via thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk. Winners will get a share of the prize pot worth £100,000, expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to boost their social media skills. 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. To go online to cast your vote, visit the Great British High Street website and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter. Voting closes in November.