Barnoldswick representatives have celebrated the town’s Great British High Street Award at a winners’ party but have remained tight-lipped about the town defending its crown.
Chairman of Barnoldswick Town Council Coun. Claire Teall together with Coun. David Whipp, Co-Chairman of the Barnoldswick Town Centre Action Group travelled to Belper in Derbyshire on Friday where they met with winners of other categories from 2014 and to help launch the scheme for 2015.
Belper was the winner of the market town and overall categories in 2014, and the Barlick duo went armed with promotional mugs designed by Heather Sheldrick and the presentation video by Bryan Fieldhouse, a key part in Barlick’s against the odds victory.
Coun. Whipp said representatives were wowed by Barnoldswick’s offerings which made a “strong impression” and these were traded for a whole host of ideas, some of which he hopes can be implemented to continue the town’s progression.
Asked whether Barlick would try to defend its crown, Coun. Whipp said “watch this space” after a change in the way this year’s judging will be carried out.
Coun. Whipp said: “We initially thought we have been there and done that.
We will have to see. It will be down to the Town Centre Action Group. I think we have more stories to tell. In short, watch this space.Coun. David Whipp
“A lot of energy and an enormous amount of work went into the bid and we have told the story of where we have come from and what we have done in turning around the town.
“We asked the question about eligibility of entering again and there doesn’t seem to be anything to stop us.
“This year, half the judging will be done by the team that comes around but half will be down to a community vote so if we can get people to register and vote, events like Barnoldswick Beach and others could have a big impact.
“We will have to see. It will be down to the Town Centre Action Group. I think we have more stories to tell. In short, watch this space.”