ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE STOCKTON BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (BID)
GOOGLE UK’s Head of Retail, Jamie Murray-Wells, was quite literally mobbed during his visit to Stockton High Street today.
Mr Murray-Wells was given a tour of the town in his role as a judge of the Great British High Street of the Year Awards’ Rising Star category.
Stockton has been shortlisted for the award alongside Leominster and Dornoch, and the winner will be decided by combination of a public vote and the judge’s scoring.
And in a surprise tour finale, he was treated to a “flash mob” musical performance alongside the High Street’s magnificent plinth.
Mr Murray-Wells said: “I love Stockton – it’s my first time here and it’s been such a treat to come round. It’s a really vibrant High Street and that’s what’s great about it. Stockton really knows what makes it special. I can’t wait to get in a room with everyone and tell them about Stockton-on-Tees!”
He added: “I think it’s really impressive the way that Stockton has drawn the link between performance and entertainment and created a real thriving hub of a High Street right here. The High Street really is at the centre of the community.”
The award bid is led by the Stockton Business Improvement District (BID) and is based on the theme, “All the world’s a stage”.
The theme reflects the regenerated High Street’s ability to host events as diverse as cycling championships, street theatre and specialist markets.
Janice Auton, Chair of the Stockton BID, said: “This shortlisting really is the icing on the cake and recognises the great things happening in Stockton thanks to the regeneration of the High Street, from the fantastic new fountains to the Stockton Flyer automaton, which are proving to be very popular.
“We’d love to win this award but what we really need now is for people to go to the Great British High Street website and vote for us! Voting closes on November 18 and you can vote every day – it only takes a few seconds so please help us beat off the competition to win this award.”
To cast your vote for Stockton High Street visit www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk