WE are in the last week of the public vote for Cowdenbeath in the Great British High Street Awards Rising Star category and the town needs your support.

Judges were in town on September 20 and were impressed by the community led approach to the regeneration of the High Street with great input from the Community Council, Beath High School, Cowdenbeath FC, street artist Kerry Wilson, and local shopkeepers.

The judges walked around the town with members of the Love Cowdenbeath Group and especially enjoyed the striking murals at Brunton Square and the Green Square.

The judges carry four fifths of the total vote for each entrant but the public vote is vital so the more local people who cast their vote for Cowdenbeath, the better.

Run by VISA, the awards recognise where high streets are succeeding in overcoming the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.

The Rising Star High Street Award celebrates up-and-coming local communities who are on their way to transforming for the future.

Cowdenbeath has been nominated due to its partnership working and creative plans to improve digital and transport connectivity, to increase the town’s footfall.

Love Cowdenbeath are urging people to cast their vote and a member commented: "It was a beautiful day when the judges arrived with the sun shining which gave us a great opportunity to showcase all the great things that have and are happening in Cowdenbeath.

"The judging panel’s thoughts accounts for 80% of the overall score, with the final 20% of the vote being determined by public voting. Its now really important that Cowdenbeath gets as many public votes as possible."

There is still time to cast your vote for Cowdenbeath, the voting is open till October 7. Show your support by voting online at


Where you can vote once a day every day until the vote closes.