Judges of Great British High Street Competition ‘impressed’ with St Giles Street in Northampton

The Great British High Street Competition judges with council leader Mary Markham, Northampton MP David Mackintosh and Jessica d'Aulerio, chair of the Northampton town centre BID
The Great British High Street Competition judges with council leader Mary Markham, Northampton MP David Mackintosh and Jessica d'Aulerio, chair of the Northampton town centre BID

The judges in the Great British High Street competition were “impressed” with St Giles Street during a visit to Northampton today.

St Giles Street has been shortlisted as one of the top three high streets in the City category of the contest and could win a prize pot worth £80,000.

The Great British High Street Competition judges with council leader Mary Markham, Northampton MP David Mackintosh and Jessica d'Aulerio, chair of the Northampton town centre BID

The Great British High Street Competition judges with council leader Mary Markham, Northampton MP David Mackintosh and Jessica d'Aulerio, chair of the Northampton town centre BID

Three of the judges of the competition visited St Giles Street today (Friday) and were given a tour around some of the shops in the area by Northampton Borough Council leader Mary Markham, Jessica d’Aulerio, chair of the Northampton town centre BID, and town MP David Mackintosh.

A number of food retailers on the street presented the judges with food samples and a German brass band played outside the Guildhall.

John Walden, one of the judges who is chief executive of Home Retail Group, said: “It really impressive. It’s really clear people work together in a lot of different ways. The council are working with developers and estate agents and the business community in a really creative way.

“The street is really distinctive and unique. It takes advantage of the architecture and the great history.”

Councillor Markham said she though St Giles Street was a “jewel in the crown” of Northampton’s shopping experience and hoped the judges agreed.

She said: “I think it really is the best British shopping street and I hope the judges think that too.

“What I hope has come across is the passion, enthusiasm and love people have for St Giles Street and we should all be extremely proud.

“As a council we are not afraid to make radical changes to make sure Northampton progresses.”

This year’s competition saw a record 230 applicants and now, for the first time, the public has the chance to vote directly for their best-loved high street online.

Between now and November you can cast your vote for free via thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk or on Facebook.