NORTHWICH narrowly missed out on the top prizes on offer at the Great British High Street Awards.

The town’s high street impressed judges last year in order to make the shortlist for the prestigious competition.

It came up against 27 other towns across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Thursday who were all bidding to claim the title of the biggest ‘rising star’ high street in Britain.

This aims to reward the high street that 'takes the lead by adapting and diversifying'.

But Northwich came up short on the night, with Yorkshire’s Yarm being named as the English winner and Scotland’s Kelso receiving this year’s overall ‘rising star’ award.

After the announcement of the winners, Northwich BID, who entered the town in the competition and were present at the awards ceremony held at The George hotel in Edinburgh, thanked everyone involved in the town’s entry.

It tweeted: “Unfortunately, we didn't win at the Great British High Street Awards, but we'd just like to say thank you to everyone who helped us with our entry.

“Especially the town's businesses and our amazing community.

“A big well done to all the winners.”

Northwich BID also confirmed that it would again be entering the town next year.

The overall winner of the main 'Champion High Street' Award went to Treorchy in in the south Wales valleys.