Judges visit Amble as part of Great British High Street competition

The judges with Julia Aston from Amble Development Trust, as well as Coun Jeff Watson, left, and David Hall, who is chairman of Northumberland Tourism, right. Picture by The Ambler.
The judges with Julia Aston from Amble Development Trust, as well as Coun Jeff Watson, left, and David Hall, who is chairman of Northumberland Tourism, right. Picture by The Ambler.

A crack team of expert judges visited Amble today, as the town battles it out to win a prestigious competition.

The Friendliest Port is in the running to take the title in the Coastal Community section of the Great British High Street contest.

The Northumberland seaside destination is up against Bognor Regis, in West Sussex, and the Welsh town of Prestatyn in the category.

There are a total of 21 finalists split across seven categories. The winner of each section earns a share of an £80,000 prize pot, which includes expert training and tailor-made tips from Google’s training taskforce.

The judges – made up of a panel of industry experts – have a say on who wins, while a public vote which is up and running is also crucial.

Julia Aston, of Amble Development Trust, showed the judges around the town today.

She said: “They didn’t give much away. They were interested in the contrast between the original, industrial side of the high street and the more modern Harbour Village development. They liked hearing about the town’s history and they were impressed with the town’s regeneration and that there is only one vacant property on the high street.

“I’m pleased with how their visit went and I think we did everything we could to showcase the town and its community spirit. The only thing missing was the sunshine because it has been a miserable day weather-wise.”

The public vote runs until November 13 and community leaders have encouraged everyone to support Amble. One vote per email address per day will be counted. To vote, visit the competition’s website.