Following the success of Barnoldswick last year in the Great British High Street Competition, Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson is encouraging more towns in Pendle to nominate themselves.
He said: “I was incredibly proud of Barnoldswick’s win in this competition last year, both as the MP and a resident of Pendle.
“As part of my role I visit many of the local shops and high streets across Pendle and I’ve seen first-hand how good they really are.
“I firmly believe that Pendle has the potential to win the competition again this year and I would encourage other towns to enter.”
This week, Barlick’s triumph has been celebrated by the town’s art group who have painted up to 20 of the shops in Barnoldswick Town Square, Frank Street and Rainhall Road.
The paintings are on display upstairs in Barnoldswick Library until tomorrow.
Barnoldswick Art Group Secretary, Joy Haigh, said: “We have a programme of things to do over the year and wanted to do something a bit different.
“Last year we did beach huts which was a success. This year we have marked Barnoldswick’s great achievement.
“We’ve individually painted the shops around the town centre and put them all in order and it’s turned out really well.”
The High Street Awards competition is open to teams of local people working together to support and improve their local high street.
This includes town teams, Business Improvement District or a Trader’s Association.
Winners of the competition will share a £50,000 cash prize.
They will also have access to a range of mentoring and training opportunities to help improve their high street even further.
This year there is also a Special Recognition category where towns who are “Rising Stars” in turning fortunes around or even local people who have made an invaluable personal contribution to their local high streets can be recognised.
The deadline for applications is Friday, July 17th.
To apply visit: http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-award