A SOMERSET town is in the running to be named one of the greatest British high streets.

Langport has been shortlisted within the 'village' category of The Great British High Street of the Year Awards 2016. It is up against Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria and Pateley Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales.

John Rice-Lewis, chairman of the Langport Area Business Group adds "This truly is a wonderful community effort.

"Everyone involved has worked so hard to make Langport a unique and interesting shopping destination.

"We all could not be prouder of our high street and are all thrilled at being in the finals of this competition."

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across 14 categories. 

Now, the public are being asked to vote for their favourite towns. Votes can be cast once a day, everyday, from the same email address.

If Langport wins, not only will they get a cash prize, but it will win training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to further boost its social media skills.

High Streets minister, Andrew Percy, said: “Our high streets are the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country and the record number of competition entries, this year is proof of their continued importance to local life.

“From North London to Northumberland, great work is underway to adapt the high street to the needs of modern life.

“I want to wish all who’ve entered the very best of luck.”

To vote, visit: http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/finalist-village

Voting closes on November 18.