Residents urged to vote as Pantiles becomes a finalist in national awards

    The Pantiles

    The Pantiles was named one of the three top finalists in The Great British High Street awards yesterday (October 18).

    Communities across the country were asked to nominate local areas and almost 900 sites were submitted to the judges representing the Department for Communities and Local Government that runs the competition.

    The Georgian-era promenade has been shortlisted for its parade of shops under the category of Local Centres.

    Described as a ‘thriving and cutting edge venue’, The Pantiles impressed the judges, who praised its passion, warmth and ‘incredible community spirit’.

    Voting is now open to the public as the final areas go head-to-head for the chance to be crowned Britain’s Best High Street and claim a share of the £100,000 prize money.

    Hotelier Julian Leefe-Griffiths said: “It is incredible for The Pantiles to be recognised for all the energy people put into things like events.”

    Matthew Sankey, from the Association of Pantiles Traders, said it was because of these events that the area is now the ‘new hub of the town’.

    To vote for your town visit www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk

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