St Giles Street currently in second place in public vote of Great British High Street contest

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

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People in Northampton are being asked to vote for St Giles Street to win Great British High Street Competition as it is currently in second place with two weeks of the public voting period left.

The town centre street could win a share of an £80,000 prize pot if it wins the cities category of the national competition run by the Department for Communities and Local Government

The winners are decided by a 50/50 split of public vote and expert judging. An panel of experts visited St Giles Street last week as part of the judging process.

Four weeks into the six week voting period, St Giles Street is in second place behind North Parade in Bradford, but ahead of Mill Road in Cambridge.

Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We are delighted that St Giles Street has been recognised as one of the best high streets in the country and would urge everyone to get online to vote to help the street get to the number one spot.”

High Streets Minister Marcus Jones said: “High streets are at the very heart of our communities and these awards celebrate the great innovative work happening on the ground to help them adapt and flourish.

“Northampton did fantastically well to make it into the final three but now they need your help to get them the title of Britain’s best high street.

“Over 100, 000 votes have already been cast, but all is still to play for with two weeks of voting still to go. So get behind your high street by voting.”

This year’s competition saw a record 230 applicants and the public can vote for their favourite high street until November 13 at thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk or on Facebook.