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MP Paul Monaghan supports Dornoch’s campaign to win Great British High Street awards.

Dornoch has been shortlisted in The Great British High Street Awards, which celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. It is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.

Local Councillor Jim McGillivray and Lou Rollason from DACIC (Dornoch Area Community Interest Company) were pleased to welcome Dr Paul Monaghan, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, to Dornoch last Sunday. He got the chance to see the new Carnegie Courthouse and Visitor Centre during his visit. Dr Monaghan has been very supportive of Dornoch’s campaign to win the ‘Rising Star’ Category of the Great British High Street Awards and has said “I am delighted that Dornoch has reached the final and will certainly do all I can to help encourage votes.”

Dornoch’s campaign to win is nearly at an end and the Great British High Street judges will be visiting this week. They are staying at the Dornoch Castle Hotel and will be taking part in a Gin Tasting event on Thursday night. On Friday, the judges will get the chance to meet with local businesses and soak up the atmosphere of the town. Representatives from DACIC will travel to London for a ceremony on the 12th of December where the winners will be announced.

If Dornoch wins, they will get a share of the £100,000 prize money towards further improving their High Street and visitor experience. Businesses will also receive expert training from Google’s digital taskforce and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to boost their social media skills.

Jim McGillivray says “The Dornoch renaissance continues onwards and upwards.  We never envisaged when we started out on the 2013 HIE Masterplan that so many valuable initiatives would emerge.  To reach the last 3 of this part of the Great British High Street Competition is an achievement in itself, and we can only hope that, as the only Scottish representative in the final, we continue to get as much support as possible and the Judges see Dornoch at its very best on Friday”.

Please continue to vote for Dornoch at: www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/finalist-rising-star. One vote per person per day until the 18th November.