Uckfield High Street has been nominated for the Great British High Street of the Year award.
It has been entered, by Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, into the Rising Star category which recognises ambitious and creative high streets.
The nomination focuses on Uckfield High Street’s late night shopping Christmas event, a popular and successful community collaboration.
The Great British High Street of the Year award is run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and aims to celebrate the local achievements and contributions high streets make to their communities.
Nominations will be judged on leadership, impact, innovation, and community engagement, with shortlisted finalists invited to an event in London in November.
The chamber is being supported by Wealden MP Nus Ghani with its entry.
Ms Ghani said she was delighted Uckfield High Street had been nominated and said the Chamber of Commerce support for Uckfield’s fantastic local businesses went far to making the High Street what it was.
“As the Great British High Street awards progress I look forward to continuing to work with Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and everyone involved with Uckfield High Street to make sure they go as far as possible in the awards.”
Chamber of Commerce secretary Ian Noble said: “There’s no doubt that Uckfield enjoys a strong sense of community, not least at Christmas in the shape of the annual late night Christmas shopping evening.
“The evening has become a traditional fixture in our town’s calendar and few other communities will enjoy such occasions, which is why we felt it important for this to be recognised by entry into the Great British High Street of the Year competition.”
• See Uckfield News pictures and read about last year’s Christmas shopping event here: Singing, dancing, and magic in the air for late night shopping in Uckfield.
• There’s always plenty going on in the High Street as you can see in monthly Uckfield News features which look at what is new in our shops. See the August feature here: Tips for shopping in Uckfield during August.
• This year’s late night shopping event takes place on Friday, December 7, from 5.30-9.30pm.
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