Last chance to vote and crown Norwich as Britain’s best high street

Non-essential shops will reopen on April 12.

Non-essential shops will reopen on April 12. - Credit: Archant

With just one day to go, the people of Norwich are being urged to keep voting as the national competition to find Britain's best high street reaches a climax.

Shopping in Royal Arcade, Norwich.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Shopping in Royal Arcade, Norwich.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The public vote closes at midnight so today is the last chance for people to get online and vote for the city's Castle/Arcade district.

The final rankings release by the Great British High Street Competition on Friday November 11 showed that Derby are still leading the public vote with Norwich just behind and Bristol in third.

But High Streets Minister Andrew Percy still believes there's time to turn things around and is encouraging communities to get voting.

'The buzz generated by this year's competition has seen a record breaking 400,000 votes cast already,' he said.

'The Norwich Business Improvement District team have worked extremely hard but this is the last push and there's still everything to play for, so get online and vote now for Norwich.'

The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation's high streets. It is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.

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This year's competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops. Over 400,000 votes have been cast by the public, who can vote directly for their best-loved high street online.

If Norwich wins, not only will they get a share of prize pot worth £100,000, but they'll also receive expert training from Google's digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants, as well as a trip to Twitter UK's London office to boost their social media skills.

• Voting is free and you can vote for Norwich by clicking here.