Amble wins Coastal Community award

Amble Harbour Village.
Amble Harbour Village.

Amble has won a prestigious award and will share a prize pot worth tens of thousands of pounds.

The Friendliest Port has won the Coastal Community category of The Great British High Street Awards 2015. It beat off competition from Prestatyn and Bognor Regis.

A public vote was key to helping Amble take the title, while a judges’ verdict was also crucial. A crack-team of industry experts visited the town on Tuesday, October 27, and were impressed by the collaboration between local businesses and the new Harbour Village development.

Julia Aston, from Amble Development Trust, said: "Winning the Coastal Community category is a fantastic achievement. All high streets have to adapt to a changing environment – and we’ve been no different. That’s why we’re so pleased that the judges and the people of Amble have recognised all that we’ve done to improve our high street and make sure it stays at the heart of our community for years to come. We’re going to use this win as a springboard to do even more. Thank you every one that voted – we’re thrilled."

The awards were split into seven categories and the winners in each section will bag a share of a prize pot worth £80,000, which includes expert training and tailor-made tips from Google’s training taskforce. York's Bishy Road, which won the Local Centre category, was named as the overall winner, being crowned Great British High Street of the Year 2015.

Category winners - City Location: Northampton; Town Centre: Rotherham; Market Town: Helmsley; Coastal Community: Amble; Local Centre: Bishy Road, York; Village: West Kilbride; London: Pitshanger Lane, Ealing.