Highstreetdeal.co.uk is pleased to announce that Deal has won the Telegraph High Street of the Year award!
Well done Deal!! And a huge thank you to everyone who took the trouble to vote. It was thanks to your enthusiasm and affection for your town and high street which impressed the judges and ultimately led to our success.
The Daily Telegraph has announced Deal as having won High Street of the Year as part of its Reinventing the High Street campaign.
[box] If Sandwich is the Venice of Kent (with medieval beauty preserved by stagnation, even if the river Stour is not quite the Grand Canal), then Deal is the county’s Chioggia: not so grand, but full of charm, history and, most importantly, life. [/box]
Read more coverage from the Telegraph:
- Reinventing the high street: Deal wins high street award
- Brandon Lewis: Deal in Kent is a worthy winner of the Telegraph’s High Street of the Year award
- Reinventing the high street: ‘Quintessentially English’ Kent town is Telegraph’s High Street of the Year
The winning high street was chosen by a panel of judges chaired by the Minister with responsibility for high streets, Brandon Lewis MP, and including 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 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.”
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.
Joint runners up were Leek in Staffordshire and Ramsbottom in Lancashire.
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.