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Hoole makes shortlist in search for Britain's best high street

Can the community scoop a second win in the Great British High Street Awards 2016?

The Notting Hoole team

Hoole-igans are in high spirits thanks to their beloved neighbourhood being recognised as boasting one of the country’s best high streets after being shortlisted in the third annual Great British High Street Awards.

Faulkner Street and Charles Street were crowned Best Newcomer – a category which was created especially for them – in 2015, and this year Hoole is hoping to scoop Best Local Centre.

The awards celebrates the great work being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets.

Community group Notting Hoole passionately champions the area and was the driving force behind the application for the contest.

Hailing it a ‘great day for Hoole’, vice-chair Darren Lea told the Chronicle that being shortlisted is an ‘amazing achievement’ for Chester .

“The continued support from the local community and dedication of the other members of the team continues to surprise and astonish me and really makes all of the hard work and dedication worthwhile,” he said.

“The support we have witnessed on social media along with endorsements from local councillors and celebrities have all helped to make our application a real contender and I would like to thank everyone for their support.”

Notting Hoole invested the £5,000 prize fund from the Best Newcomer award in community events like the May Day Street Festival and the popular Hoole Christmas Lights Switch-On.

Darren added: “Since winning the best newcomer last year, I have seen a real path of change taking firm roots and being shortlisted this year will only increase the popularity and desirability of our amazing diverse and eclectic high street.”

To go online to cast your vote, visit the Great British High Street website and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.

Voting closes on November 18 and the winner will be announced at a ceremony on December 3.



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