Trinity Market and Hepworth Arcade have been shortlisted in this year’s prestigious Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards in the Champion High Street category.
The category features the best high streets in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
On Friday it will be Hull’s turn to be visited by judges.
To welcome them and celebrate the success of the market and arcade, there will be a live DJ playing music in the Trinity Market food court as well as a magician entertaining shoppers and visitors.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “Trinity Market and Hepworth Arcade are playing a major role in making this historic part of Hull once again a bustling and thriving part of the city. They have done brilliantly to be shortlisted for this award.
“The regeneration of the Old Town has been phenomenal, with the incredibly successful Old Town Grant Scheme, which has helped many of the businesses in the market and the arcade, last month being recognised at the APSE Annual Service Awards.”
Trinity Market’s refurbishment and the grant scheme were made possible in part by a contribution of £3m for the Repurposing the Old Town programme from the Government’s Northern Powerhouse Local Growth Fund.
This was secured by the Humber LEP through its Growth Deals with the government.
Last month a selection of 38 shortlisted finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel. These shortlisted high streets are eligible to win up to £10,000 for their local community.
Winners will be named in each of the four UK nations – England, Scotland, Wales and, for the first time, Northern Ireland – across two categories: Champion High Street and Rising Star High Street.
Part of the overall decision will be based on public support.
Winners will be announced in November.
The Champion Award recognises the nation’s best high streets whilst the Rising Star Award recognises the nation’s most ambitious high streets, which are taking the lead and working together to revive, adapt and diversify.
An overall winner will also be named The UK’s Best High Street.
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