Cookstown has been ‘highly commended’ in a prestigious national high street awards.
One of only 3 towns in Northern Ireland to feature on the shortlist for The Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards 2018, run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and supporting partners, the town was recognised in the Champions’ category.
An independent judging panel visited the town as part of the assessment and 30% of the final score for the awards was decided by social media support, which was substantial from local residents, prominent business figures and celebrities as far away as the United States.
Congratulating the town and thanking local people for their support, Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Frances Burton, said:
“To be one of only 4 towns of 153 in all of the UK to receive a highly commended award is something to be celebrated in itself and local people, traders and business organisations should be proud of this award.
“Our towns, with a strong independent retail sector and on-going local support, will continue to be an important part of our local economies and central to creating and maintaining thriving local communities”.
Chair of the local Town Centre Forum, Councillor John McNamee, said:
‘Cookstown achieving Highly Commended in the Great British High Street Awards is a brilliant achievement for the town, and provided a platform for Cookstown to be showcased to a variety of town centres from across the UK. The awards celebrate local achievements on our high street and I thank the local businesses, residents and visitors for assisting in the campaign. As Small Business Saturday and Christmas are fast approaching I encourage everyone to consider shopping local and supporting your local high street to ensure it remains the heart of our community in the festive season’.
Photo: Councillor Frances Burton, Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, with members of Cookstown Town Centre Forum, after the town received a Highly Commended Award in the 2018 Great British High Street awards.