Alness’s High Street has been shortlisted as one of the best in the UK – and is in with a chance of the top prize.
The town has made the grade in the Great British High Street Awards 2019, putting them in the running for up to £15,000.
The Ross-shire team won the Scottish award in 2018 and organisers say they are delighted to be be in with a chance of winning for a second year running.
High Streets minister Jake Berry MP said: “Congratulations to Alness for being shortlisted for the Champion’s Award for this year’s Great British High Street Awards.
“Alness prides itself on Highland hospitality and community spirit. From the great annual Christmas Shopping Night with its festive volunteers to the first Festival of Running’s success, it isn’t hard to see why.
“People are happier when they can see their hard-earned cash support local businesses. That is why we are celebrating those that go above and beyond to keep their high streets thriving for generations to come.”
Sundeep Kaur, for sponsors Visa, added: “As our research shows, high streets play a vital role at the heart of communities, so this is a great opportunity for those communities with shortlisted high streets to show their support by placing their votes on the Great British High Street website.”
Alness is one of 12 shortlisted in the champion high street category, which recognises the UK’s best high streets. 28 high streets have also been shortlisted in the rising star category.