Public Vote Open For Cookstown In High Street Awards

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Local people are being urged to vote for Cookstown to win the coveted ‘Champion High Street’ title in a prestigious national high street awards.

Cookstown is one of only 3 towns in Northern Ireland to feature on the shortlist for The Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards 2018, run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and supporting partners, which recognise and celebrate local achievements on high streets.

Have Your Say

While an independent judging panel will visit the town as part of the assessment, 30% of the final score for the awards is decided by social media support and whether you use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, the Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake, is encouraging people to vote for Cookstown by using its unique hashtag #GBHSCookstown:

“To be on the final shortlist of 3 is in itself a great achievement and well-deserved recognition for the town, its local traders and local people.

“The fact that the Cookstown community has a substantial say in the outcome and can help to secure the ‘champion’ award for their town is a great opportunity and I’m encouraging everyone to get behind the campaign to vote #GBHSCookstown”.

Fantastic Achievement

Paul Wilson, President of Cookstown Chamber of Commerce, said:

“Being shortlisted for Great British High Street Awards is a fantastic achievement for Cookstown Town Centre. It has long been recognised that Cookstown is home to an eclectic mix of small independent shops, alongside ‘High Street’ stores, a strong hospitality and evening economy and a place based on strong community pride, which has been recognised through previous Town Centre Awards.

“I welcome the opportunity made available to showcase for the culmination of years of hard work, delivered through key stakeholders, to be recognised at this level”.

Councillor John McNamee, Chair of Cookstown Town Centre Forum, is also calling for local support:

“As Chair of Cookstown Town Centre Forum, I congratulate the people who work, live and visit Cookstown on being shortlisted in the Champion category of the Great British High Street Awards. Over the last 15 years Cookstown has benefitted from both public and private sector investment, delivered through a strong partnership approach which has instilled and reinforced the civic pride within the Town Centre. Judging day in October provides the opportunity to showcase the town on a regional and national basis.”


To vote to help Cookstown win the award, post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #MYHIGHSTREET and Cookstown’s own unique hashtag #GBHSCookstown.
Voting closes at 23:59 on 31st October 2018.