The story of Chippy’s Historic Day
Yesterday’s visit by the judging panel coincided with news that Chippy is now in pole position to win the market town category in the 2015 Great British High Street contest.
The latest competition voting tables show Chippy in top spot ahead of Helmsley, in Yorkshire, and Colne, in Lancashire.
With the final outcome to be determined by a combination of the popular vote and the judges scorecard, the judges couldn’t fail to be impressed by the welcome they received.
Market square was a sea of color with business owners greeting the judges, shops decked out in posters, banners decorating the streets and voting stations encouraging passers by to participate.
Shared live on social media
The historic event was beamed out live on social media, with frequent updates, comments, photos and streaming video flowing through the ECN Twitter and Facebook channels.
— Experience Chippy (@ExperienceCN) October 28, 2015
After a short drive around the town, the judges joined ECN chair Shaun Fagan for media interviews and a walking tour of the town, which included chats with several business owners and an inspection of the ECN #GBHighSt campaign headquarters.
Later, the judges joined more than 30 ECN volunteers for a formal reception at the Chipping Norton Theatre and met our unofficial mascot Osca, the pickled pointer.
Proud of our team
“Thank you everyone. Today was a resounding success. Everyone should be suitably proud of themselves for their part in today,” Mr Fagan said.
The event was watched as far afield as Australia, with Tweets and Facebook posts of support coming from all over the world, while local television didn’t miss the action with coverage on BBC Oxfordshire and That’s Oxford TV.
But ECN stresses the race to become Britain’s #1 market town high street is still well and truly up for grabs. With another two weeks of voting left, competition from Helmsley and Colne is sure to hot up as the three contenders set their sights on the finish line.
Vote EVERY DAY with EVERY EMAIL ADDRESS at Chippy2Win.com to make sure we stay top of the vote tally because winning the Great British High Street competition will change Chippy in so many positive ways.
Thanks to everyone who played a part in this fabulous day. Special thanks to Sophie Carson, of Sophie Carson Photography, who donated her entire day to document the occasion in images, Jessica Friend, of Twelve PR, who gave up her time to create an incredible social media feed, and Gary Creese, of Constructive Communications, was our videographer for the day.