Christmas shopping evening delivers festive boost
50 businesses across Burnham-On-Sea took part in a special Christmas
shopping evening on Thursday night (December 5th).
Chamber of Trade organised the initiative to give shoppers an
opportunity to visit town centre businesses out of normal opening
hours during the busiest time of the year.
popped by for a special visit and shoppers were also able to enjoy
festive music from Burnham's Mudlarks Community Choir while Burnham
Lions provided free gifts and festive treats.
the cold weather and rain in the early part of the evening reduced
the turnout, traders still welcomed the event.
Hemming at Home Hardware said: "We had a steady flow of shoppers
throughout the evening which, for a cold, windy winter's night
is good. The Lions also did a marvellous job with Santa and the
Bennett at Bastins added: "It was busier than we expected
- it was a good evening. I'd like to see the event return again
Julian at Julian's Gifts said: "It's a pity about the weather,
but the event boosted our trade and it's definitely an evening
that's well worth running. We will always support events like
John Lyons at Sentiments added: "We've seen a steady trickle
of visitors and I hope the event can grow in future years."
Chambers at New Look said: "It's been a positive evening
- we would have liked to see it busier, but Thursday is a difficult
night to compete against some of the bigger towns that hold late
night shopping at this time of year."
Liz Loze, with Rhiannon Parsons, added: "I think it was a
lovely evening - a great chance for shoppers to look around the
town out of usual hours. We would support it again next year."
Top, Burnham Lions during Thursday's event, the Mudlarks Community
Choir, Santa with shoppers and Alex Turco buying confectionery
at Bessie's Sweet Shoppe
Burnham Chamber of Trade website