Great British High Street Awards 2016: Top 5 in Coastal Category

Dunbar reaches top 5 in GBHS awards – coastal category

Dunbar was named as having one of the country’s best high streets in the third annual Great British High Street competition.

Dunbar High Street was named in the top five of the coastal category, beating more than 85 per cent of entries and just missing out on going through to the public vote to decide the winner.

The East Lothian town’s High Street was the highest ranked Scottish town in the category, finishing behind Falmouth, in Cornwall, Prestatyn, in Wales, Sea View Street, in Cleethorpes, and Teignmouth, in South Devon.

Steven Hill, chair of Dunbar Trades’ Association (DTA) was delighted when he heard that Dunbar High Street had been shortlisted in the UK wide Best High Street competition.  ‘To be in the top five coastal town category is a tremendous achievement and shows that all our hard work has been recognised.  It certainly spurs us on to work even harder.


Pauline Jaffray, secretaryof DTA further commented ‘we were the only Scottish town to make the shortlist in the coastal town category and the DTA is an excellent platform for all businesses to work together for the benefit of Dunbar and the community.

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.

High Streets Minister Andrew Percy also congratulated Dunbar on finishing in the top five.

He said: “Dunbar demonstrated many of the things we were looking for: a commitment to revitalising the high street as a unique place for living, working and shopping.

“Dunbar just missed out on the public vote this year but can take great pride in reaching the final five and being named one of Britain’s best high streets.”