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One of the positive things to come out of the current pandemic is the realisation for many of us of just how wonderful our high streets are. 

High streets in the UK have been in decline over the past 20 years. Highgate has seen many traders struggling and essential shops closing.

During the pandemic, many of our retailers who were allowed to stay open under government guidelines did so, and made us realise that we can get most of what we need five minutes walk from our front doors!

Thoughout the Highgate Festival 2020 we celebrated those retailers – learning a bit about them and thanking them for their long hours, hard work and support of our community in lockdown.

Many others who were not able to stay open are just as wonderful and we’ll be celebrating them very soon – watch this space!


The High Street Heroes series was coordinated by Nicola Caisley.