Bury St Edmunds shortlisted for High Street of the Year award

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Bury St Edmunds has been shortlisted for High Street of the Year as part of a year-long campaign by the Telegraph.

The newspaper, which announced its 10 finalists on Saturday, received hundreds of nominations for the impressive accolade which forms part of its Reinventing the High Street campaign.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Bury’s business improvement district, Our Bury St Edmunds, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see that all the hard work from key stakeholders and businesses in the town centre is coming to fruition and being recognised nationally.

“Bury is a lovely town with a great offer mix of culture, tourist attractions and a wonderful array of national and independent businesses. The number of vacant units is quickly reducing in the town and this all contributes to Bury being a lovely place to visit.

“Fingers crossed that we can win this prestigious award but even if we don’t its great that we’ve been recognised as the best shopping destination in Suffolk.”

The winner will be chosen by retail expert and broadcaster Mary Portas.

The other finalists are:

Bridport, Dorset

Deal, Kent

Leek, Staffs

Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Mill Road, Cambridge

Ramsbottom, Lancs

Sherborne, Dorset

Teddington, Middlesex

Yarm, Teesside