Members and supporters of the Folkestone Town Team, including MP Damian Collins, gathered to celebrate the formal submission of the application to the government to become a Portas Pilot town. The bid includes applying for an £80,000 grant for various projects including a 'Made in Folkestone' festival, creating an online high street with town centre app and a 'Love Folkestone' festival. It would also include advice and expertise from Mary Portas herself and the local government minister Grant Shapps.
The accompanying YouTube for the application can be seen at youtu.be/GPzVJEvxOnc.
The 12 successful towns who will be awarded Portas Pilot status are expected to be announced in May.