Only a few days left to vote for Chipping Norton in Great British High Street competition

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There are just days left to vote for Chipping Norton in the Great British High Street competition.

The public vote, which makes up 50 per cent of the result, closes at midnight on Friday, so it’s the last chance for people to get online and show support for their local retailers.

Bid leader, Shaun Fagan said: “The judges visit was a huge success and we’re receiving support and encouragement from all over the world. Being a finalist has created a buzz in the town and a real sense of what can be achieved when everyone pulls together.

“But our job is not finished yet. We want to win the Great British High Street competition and need more votes to keep our heads in front.

“I can’t stress how important it is now for everyone who loves Chippy as much as we do to vote every day until the polls close on Friday.”

Chipping Norton is alongside Helmsley and Colne in the market town category. With one week to go, Chipping Norton was in first place.

High streets minister, Marcus Jones said: “The excitement this competition has generated has been proof that the local high street is the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country.

“It’s also been great to see the innovation that’s going on to make sure the high street is the go to destination for years to come.

“Chipping Norton has done fantastically well to make it to the final, but the result is still in the balance. If you cherish your local shops, pubs and restaurants get online and cast your vote.”

The Great British High Street Competition is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Winners in each of the seven categories get a share of a prize pot worth £80,000 which includes expert training and tailor-made tips from Google’s training taskforce for 100 of their shops, bars and restaurants.

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

To cast your vote, visit the Great British High Street website – thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-award – and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.