traders to hold late night Christmas shopping night
businesses in Burnham-On-Sea are to hold a late night shopping
evening during the run-up to Christmas in a bid to encourage more
people to do their festive shopping locally this year.
The event on Friday, December 2nd will be run from 5pm to 9pm
and is being backed by a range of businesses.
The initiative is trader led, with the support of Burnham Chamber
of Trade and Burnham Lions Club.
Organiser Phil Hemming, from Home Hardware, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Since the initial idea a week ago of a late night opening
before Christmas the whole thing has snowballed with many town
centre businesses agreeing to participate."
TAKING PART INCLUDE:
Brooks and Son,
George Reed Galleries,
Sea Breeze Gallery,
Burnham Shopping Centre,
GW Hurley (Newsagents),
JDs Home Comforts,
The Victoria Hotel,
Somerset and Dorset pub,
G W Hurley Books, Toys and Sports
Burnham Printing and Stationers
"The idea was that in these doom and gloom times it would
be nice to bring a bit of cheer to the town centre while we still
"We and many other shops, pubs and restaurants are planning
special events, a free prize draw, mulled wine and mince pies
and special offers in various establishments."
"We just hope that the support from local people will give
this event the backing it deserves and that this community spirit
continues on into the New Year and we can halt the decline of
our unique Town Centre."
Father Christmas will be dropping in at the event, courtesy of
Burnham Lions, who will also have a charity collection train float
Phil added that two of his staff, Lyn and Wendy, deserve praise
for taking on the concept and "taking it forward so enthusiastically."
Meanwhile, preparations are also ongoing for the switch-on of
Burnham's Christmas lights on November 26th by author Terry Pratchett,
as first featured here.