Blackburn’s High Street has been crowned best in the country after winning the ‘Best Town Centre’ category and scooping the overall award in the Great British High Street competition.

The competition attracted over 500,000 votes and Blackburn scored well enough to take home the crown for the ‘Great British High Street of the Year Award’ beating 26 other finalists.

The team of expert judges from across the country were impressed with the town’s features including its renovated railway station, Fleming Square, the multi-million-pound Cathedral Quarter, the new bus station, Blackburn Market, The Mall Blackburn and the Cotton Exchange.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Town centres are being revitalised, with vacancy rates falling over the last year, and Blackburn is a great example of how hard work and support for local businesses can turn things around.”