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Plaque unveiled on award winning High Street

Published on Thursday, 8th September 2016 in Leisure and culture news

The restoration of Rotherham's "historic core" was given the official seal of approval today.

Rotherham was the town centre category winner on the Great British High Street Awards last year, after they impressed judges with the improvements carried out on the buildings.

This included the transformation of key properties and making sure the heritage of buildings was preserved to keep their integrity, while at the same time bringing them up to 21st century standards.

The award also recognised the work to support enterprise and business start-ups in the town centre, with the ever growing range of quality independent retailers helping Rotherham stand out from its competitors.

And yesterday a plaque was unveiled celebrating the High Street winning the award.

Rotherham Council Leader, Cllr Chris Read said: "It was great to win the award last year, which recognised the hard work carried out by the retailers and business owners who believed in the high street and made their own investment alongside a number of partners. This restoration plays a crucial part in our ambitious plans to regenerate not just Rotherham town centre but across the borough as well. It is a credit to all those involved to see the High Street looking as good as it does now."

The restoration also saw funding from the Government, Historic England and the Arts Council.

Secretary of State for the Department of Local Government and Communities Sajid Javid officially unveiled the plaque while shoppers, business owners and council officials looked on.

He also toured the High Street and spoke to business owners and retailers.

He said: "Last year's Great British High Street competition was a massive success. There were a record number of entries with hundreds of thousands of votes cast.

"Rotherham's award winning entry stood out for its many independent shops and the restoration of its historic centre. I'm sure it will continue to really thrive."

Last year's competition saw a record-breaking 230 entries and attracted over 200,000 public votes, with Rotherham taking home the prize for best town centre.It was singled out for its boutique and independent stores including those selling local produce and the restoration of the historic core.

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