traders to hold Xmas shopping evening tonight
40 businesses across Burnham-On-Sea are holding a late night shopping
evening this evening (Friday, December 2nd) during the run-up
to Christmas in a bid to encourage more people to do their festive
shopping in the town.
Friday's event will run from 5pm to 9pm and is being backed by
a range of shops selling all kinds of gift ideas.
Father Christmas will be paying a visit to the town during the
evening and there will also be live music from 6.30pm in the High
Street outside GW Hurleys.
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, the whole thing has snowballed and
many town centre businesses have come forward to participate."
TAKING PART INCLUDE:
Burnham Shopping Centre,
Brooks and Son,
George Reed Galleries,
Sea Breeze Gallery,
GW Hurley (Newsagents and Books),
G W Hurley (Books, Toys and Sports),
JDs Home Comforts,
The Victoria Hotel,
Somerset and Dorset pub,
Belle Vie Beauty & Fishy Feet,
Hair of The Dog,
Nick Tolley Photography,
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."
"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 their charity collection train
float on display.
And Peter Beach from Burnham band Rustique is co-ordinating a
programme of local musicians to add to the entertainment.
It is hoped that the unrehearsed music will be interspersed with
carols sung by local children.
Weather permitting, the evening's entertainment will start at
6.30pm outside GW Hurleys Toy Shop.
The evening has been planned in alternate short sets lasting
approximately 15 minutes, with Rustique opening the evening.
Vocalists will be supported by guitar, mandolin, banjo and accordion
and fiddle. The evenings music will contain lively Eastern
European, Irish, and Cajun numbers and be interspersed with carols.
John Clist from Rustique told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were
pleased to be able to respond when asked. Hopefully we will be
able to add to the atmosphere in the high street. It will not
be easy playing outside with cold fingers. There will be a guitar
case left out, any donations placed in there will be split 50/50
between BARB and the RNLI."