Prestatyn will find out today if it’s been named the best coastal high street in the UK.
For the second year running, the town is among the final three in the Coastal Communities category for the Great British High Street award. The winning town will get its share of a £100,000 prize fund, along with training from Google taskforce staff and Twitter.
Last year, Prestatyn missed out on the prize to Amble in Northumberland – while this year, the Denbighshire town is up against Falmouth in Cornwall and Seaview Street in Cleethorpes.
Judges said Prestatyn was ”fighting to put its high street back on the map”. They added: ”By working collaboratively with their local councils, major retailers such as Boots and Marks and Spencer through their Healthy High Street campaign, as well as local schools, businesses and community groups, Prestatyn has shown what can be achieved when people work together.”
The UK Government-backed competition has been decided jointly by a panel and over half a million public votes. Also among the 27 finalists in the running are towns, cities and villages as diverse as Bristol, Kirkby Lonsdale, Romford and Market Harborough. There were more than 900 entries for the competition
The Conservative MP for the Vale of Clwyd, Dr James Davies, who nominated Prestatyn, said: ”We’re proud of Prestatyn making it through to the finals again this year. Last year, the competition sparked enormous community pride and brought everyone together. Over the last year we have seen yet further regeneration and there is a true air of positivity about the town.”
The winning streets will be announced at a ceremony in London.