Colne is a finalist in the Great British High Street Awards

Colne looking resplendent in the sunshine as a sea of yellow welcomed the Tour of Britain in September.
Colne looking resplendent in the sunshine as a sea of yellow welcomed the Tour of Britain in September.

Colne has made the finals of the Great British High Street Awards 2015.

Colne’s bid was submitted by the Town Centre Forum and it means Pendle has had a finalist two years running after Barnoldswick went on to win its category in 2014.

Members of the forum and Colne Town Council, Coun. Ash Sutcliffe and Coun. Sarah Cockburn-Price, worked with Pendle Council’s Regeneration Officer, Paul Collins, Pendle Belle’s proprietor, Sandra Fernandez, and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson to create a compelling entry for Colne, relying not just on text, but pictures, statistics, web links and video.

Andrew Stephenson MP wrote in his submission: “I am fortunate to live right on Colne’s vibrant High Street, which is a spine connecting all the parts of town, known far and wide as Bonnie Colne-on-the-Hill.

“Over the last few years, the town has come together to reinvigorate it and make it the focal point of the community.”

Colne will now battle it out with the two other finalists in the Market Town category which are Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire and Helmsley in North Yorkshire.

The town is also be up against the other 20 finalists across all seven categories to be crowned the overall title “Winner of Winners”.

Barnoldswick Town Centre Action Group submitted a bid to defend the town’s crown in the parade of shops category, however this year Barlick has missed out on the list of finalists.

Marcus Jones MP, Minister for local government, said: “We received over 230 applications for this year’s awards and the standards were extremely high, so just getting through to the final is a huge achievement.”

Great British High Street judges will visit Colne sometime in mid-November and the Town Council’s Events Committee, which is chaired by Coun. Ashley Sutcliffe, will discuss how best to impress them at its next meeting on October 12th.

Coun. Sutcliffe explained: “Proud Colners can get behind the bid by taking part in the public vote on the Great British High Street Portal which will make up 50% of the final decision.

“Those of us that Tweet should remember to use the #GBHighSt Hashtag. Voting will be open until mid-November, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London.”

Coun. Cockburn-Price said: “I’d like to thank Paul Collins who brought everything together and made the suggestion that we enter in the first place.

“After that, we bombarded him with emails containing our ideas and numerous versions of the text which had very strict word limits.

“We were very proud of the final submission, but we knew that the competition would be stiff, and so we are absolutely over the moon that we have reached the final!”