A Region of Great British High Streets
AMIDST strong competition from nearly 900 contestants overall, Pateley Bridge has been shortlisted for the Great British High Street of the Year awards 2016, in the village category. This follows the success of Helmsley and Bishopthorpe Road in their respective categories last year, and recognises another feather in our area’s cap of successful and distinctive places.
The village has been whittled down to one of just three finalists in its group; one of fourteen possible awards that includes the recently added ‘Best Shop on Twitter’ – an accolade for individual retailers, voted for on social media. Langport in Somerset and Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria are contesting with Pateley for the top spot.
Pateley Bridge is a small market town in Nidderdale in our area, and one of outstanding natural beauty. The town is home to England’s oldest sweet shop, an award winning butchers and a variety of unique shops and places to eat.
Last year our area celebrated the success of another two of its’ thriving districts – Bishopthorpe Road in York and Helmsley in Ryedale. Helmsley claimed the award of Best Market Town, while Bishy Road was celebrated for not only the Best Local Centre, but also crowned the Great British High Street of the Year.
Our Vice Chair David A Kerfoot, MBE DL said:
‘’It is extremely exciting to see another of our unique villages recognised for their distinction and hard work. The small and independent businesses that make up much of our towns, villages and high streets are essential to the growth of our area’s economy. Congratulations Pateley Bridge, and the best of luck from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership!’’
The next stage for Pateley Bridge will include an inspection from a judging panel of property, retail and business experts, as well as a period of open voting until the closing date on November 18th . Be sure to show your support and submit your vote here – you can vote every day!