Bury St Edmunds is officially one of the top five of the 230 best ‘high streets’ in the country.
Bury and Andover just missed getting into the top three – Rotherham, Altrincham and Tamworth – which will go to a public vote to chose the winner of the Great British High Street Competition 2015.
The competition, now in its second year, is sponsored by Boots, Costa, Post Office, Marks and Spencer and Tesco to champion high streets.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds business improvement district, said: “I am very proud that the proactive partnership working in Bury has been recognised nationally. The Town team has been working on projects such as the Wolf Trail, improving St Andrews Street South and attracting more visitors to the town and recent footfall data shows that numbers continue to increase.
“We’ve been working hard with other stakeholders to make our community a better place to live and work and we are all delighted that this effort has been acknowledged in a competition.”
High Streets Minister Marcus Jones said: “The local high street is the life and soul of many towns, villages and cities across the country and these awards are a great opportunity to not only celebrate those that are the best of the best, but also to help others learn their valuable tips for success.”