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It could be a double win for Turriff in the Great British High Street Awards.

By Kirsty Brown

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This week it was revealed that Marj Chalmers has been shortlisted as a High Street Hero.

Turriff Business Association's chairwoman, who owns Traffords Coffee Shop and is a familiar face within the community, was shocked to find out that she had been nominated for the award.

“I just couldn't believe it.” said Marj.

“It really is an honour, but I couldn't do what I do without the team of people behind me giving me so much support.

“It is an honour to be able to put Turriff on the map, because that's what this is – it's an award recognising how great Turriff is.”

The High Street Hero award aims to highlight: “exceptional independent business owners or employees within our communities, who run great initiatives and programmes to improve the high street experience for all.”

In total 23 individuals from across Great Britain have made the initial shortlist for the title, only three of which hail from Scotland – Marj from Turriff, Alison Boa from Aberfoyle and Nicky Stirling from Falkirk.

Unlike other categories of the Great British High Street Awards, the High Street Hero is judged solely by an independent panel of judges and is not open for public influence.

For more information on the High Street Hero awards, including the full shortlist, you can visit: https://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-awards/high-street-hero.

Turriff town centre has also been shortlisted for the High Street Champion award, meaning that it has the chance to be crowned as the best in Britain.

For this award the judge's marks from their visit earlier in the month make up 80 percent of the final score, however the final 20 percent comes from a public vote and could be the difference between Turriff taking the crown or missing out once again.

The judges appeared to enjoy their visit to the town where they had the opportunity to meet local businesses and hear more about community events like the annual May Day extravaganza and Christmas lights switch on.

They also got to meet Turriff's biggest celebrity, the Turra Coo!

The portion of the score which comes from the public vote is crucial to the town's final placing, and people are reminded that they can vote for Turriff up to once per day per e-mail address until midnight on Monday, October 7.

Voting can be done at: https://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-awards/champion-award-finalists.

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