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The Great British High Street Awards shortlist announced

Altrincham, Rotherham and Tamworth are battling it out to be crowned the best town centre in The Great British High Street Awards 2015.

The awards, now in their second year and sponsored by Marks & Spencer, Google, Argos, Boots, Costa and the Post Office, will see Bradford’s North Parade compete against Mill Road in Cambridge and St Giles Street in Northampton for the city location prize. Chipping Norton, Helmsley and Colne have been named finalists in the market town category.

Prestatyn, Bognor Regis and Amble have made it into the coastal community category, and Bishy Road, Hoole and Bath Place in Taunton in the local centre category.

The village category will see Brigg compete against West Kilbride and Twyford, while Raynes Park, Roman Road and Pitshanger Lane in Ealing have been named in the London category.

The winners will get a share of a £80,000 prize, as well as training from Google’s taskforce - known as the Digital Garage on Tour - for 100 of their shops, bars and restaurants.

High streets minister Marcus Jones said: “We had a record amount of high-quality entries to this year’s competition – testament to the pride local people have and brilliant work being done to boost Britain’s high streets.

“The local high street is the life and soul of many towns, village and cities across the country and these awards are a great opportunity to not only celebrate those that are the best of the best, but also to help others learn their valuable tips for success.”

Voting is open to the public until mid November.

@Tara_Hounslea

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