Will you do your bit to help Norwich retain its Great British High Streets award?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 September 2015

Lower Goat Lane, Norwich

Lower Goat Lane, Norwich


City chiefs are appealing for the public to help its bid to retain a national award recognising Norwich’s high streets.

The Norwich Lanes were last year named the winner in the city category of the Great British High Street Awards, beating 135 other entries.

Now, Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) is extending its nomination for the 2015 awards by including the whole of the city centre, and asking people to show their support by sharing photos of what they love about the city on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #GBHighSt.

The BID said that last year’s campaign attracted “an overwhelming amount of support” from the public, including from Stephen Fry.

Stefan Gurney, executive director of Norwich BID, said: “It’s important we continue to celebrate Norwich’s thriving high street and we hope the public will once again back our nomination for this award.

“We hope the whole city will be recognised for its uniqueness, including the innovative events, marketing campaigns and technology used to make a positive impact to our city centre.”

Events the BID invests in includes Norwich Fashion Week, Norwich City of Ale, Norfolk Food and Drink, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Run Norwich.

The latest effort has already won the backing of Norwich City Council leader Alan Waters, who said: “With the support of Norwich BID, the city plays host to a calendar of exciting festivals and events throughout the year.

“Norwich also boasts a wonderful blend of heritage sites whilst positioning itself as a technology leading city, the City of Stories has something for everyone.”

The BID said support for last year’s campaign saw a surge in footfall and had a positive effect on business in the Lanes, and said it hoped this year the whole city centre will benefit from the nomination.

What do you think? Write (giving your full contact details) to: The Letters Editor, Norwich Evening News, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email

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