A new Harbour Village development, bespoke shops and gourmets restaurants – these are just some of the reasons why proud supporters of Amble believe the town should win a prestigious prize.
The Friendliest Port is a finalist in the Great British High Street competition and is in the running to take the Coastal Communities award, as well as being named as the overall champion.
The Northumberland seaside town is up against Bognor Regis, in West Sussex, and Prestatyn, in Denbighshire, Wales, in its category.
There are a total of 21 finalists across seven sections and the winner of each will share an £80,000 prize pot, which includes expert training and tailor-made tips from Google’s training taskforce.
The winners will be decided by a public vote and a judging panel. Amble representatives have spoken about why they believe the town should take top spot.
Julia Aston, of Amble Development Trust, said: “I am sure I speak for the majority when I say we are proud and excited to have reached the top three in the Coastal category and we are asking the community to vote for Amble.
“We may be a small town, but we have many people who work tirelessly to ensure it lives up to its title of the Friendliest Port.
“It has been an exciting year for Amble, with the opening of the Harbour Village, which was designed to connect the harbour – our most visited attraction – with Queen Street. Harbour Village comments have been positive and visitors are discovering our unique high street.” Mayor Craig Weir echoed this, adding that the town has a range of gourmet restaurants and cafés, bespoke shops and ‘first-class bakeries and butchers’.
Amble Business Club chairman Ann Burke said the news was fabulous and added: “Amble has come back from some big hits, like the closure of the food factory a few years ago, and it is lovely to see that the efforts to regenerate the town are being recognised.”
In July, The Times named Amble as one of the UK’s top 10 coolest seaside towns.
Voting runs until the end of November. Visit thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk