Town team’s third in coastal awards

Karen Walker attended the House of Commons on behalf of Blyth Town Team to collect their Award for achieving third place in the Coastal Communities Category in the 2014 Great British High St Awards.
Karen Walker attended the House of Commons on behalf of Blyth Town Team to collect their Award for achieving third place in the Coastal Communities Category in the 2014 Great British High St Awards.
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A t own team shortlisted for the coastal category in the Great British High Street Awards, is celebrating after achieving third place.

Blyth Town Team gained bronze in awards, sponsored by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The competition was aimed at highlighting innovative schemes at improving retail in town centres.

Karen Walker attended the House of Commons on behalf of Blyth Town Team to claim their award.

The entry from Blyth, centred on the idea of building a rowing boat and the foundation of a rowing club, got a special mention from the judges who praised the innovative nature of the thinking behind it.

Town team chairman Steven Bradley said: “The town team is delighted to have reached the finals of the Great British High Street award and although we didn’t win first place, it’s a testament to what can be done when collectively we put our mind to it.

“To be shortlisted from over 130 towns and reach the final three for the coastal communities category is a great boost for Blyth and something I’m exceptionally proud of.

“We never expected to win as it was a unique take on using empty store space but this is living proof that a project such as building a rowing boat can bring a community like Blyth together.

“Blyth has a great community spirit and that is why we’re still working on innovative ways to bring attention to the town we all live in and love.”