Pateley Bridge in final of Great British High Street contest

Supporting Great British High Street Awards - Andrew and Ian Weatherhead at Weatherhead Butchers in Pateley Bridge..

Supporting Great British High Street Awards - Andrew and Ian Weatherhead at Weatherhead Butchers in Pateley Bridge..

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Nine hundred towns entered but only 27 of them will be in London next month for the final of the Great British High Street Awards - and one of them is Pateley Bridge.

Keith Tordoff, chairman of Nidderdale Chamber of Trade, said the whole town should be delighted by the achievement: "Pateley Bridge is thrilled to be in the final three of the village category having been shortlisted by the judges of the Great British High Street Awards.

"To be recognised as the one of the best high streets in the country by the judges who are from such renowned companies is in itself an accolade.

"As they say up North, Pateley Bridge High Street ‘is a proper High Street'."

Pateley Bridge is in the final three in the village category of the competition which has a total of eight other categories with a total of 27 finalists.

The competition is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government, sponsored by British Land, the Post Office, Holland and Barratt, Boots UK, Google UK, Marks & Spencer, Wilko, Revo and Ellandi.

The final stage of the contest for Pateley Bridge's hopes will depend on support from the public who have the chance for the rest of this month to vote directly for Pateley Bridge to be the best loved High Street in the country.

People can cast their vote for free via www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk (under Finalists Category: Village) or tweet in support of Pateley Bridge @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.

As a result of the town's success, an open meeting has also been arranged at the upstairs room of the Methodist Church, Ripon Road, Pateley Bridge at 7pm next Tuesday, October 25.

Keith Tordoff said: "We are hoping that people from Pateley Bridge whether it would be residents, businesses or visitors come along to discuss proposals, ideas and hopefully receive suggestions to help Pateley Bridge over the next few weeks."