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The Exmouth Christmas Cracker 2012. Exmouth mayor, John Humphreys, flips the switch with chair of ECL Laura Freeman and town crier Roger Bourgein. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 9129-49-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24
Thursday, September 19, 2013
This December’s Christmas Cracker is set to be the ‘biggest’ ever and will extend into the Magnolia Centre and Rolle Street.
Previously, the event, which this year is on Saturday, December 7, from 2pm to 10pm, has been based in The Strand.
The new plaza hosts a Christmas Market, which includes a variety of stalls and events and the late-night opening of shops which culminates in the switching on of the Christmas lights.
But following last year’s event some businesses in the Magnolia Centre were concerned that the event drew crowds away from Chapel Street and Rolle Street on one of their big pre-Christmas shopping days.
But this week the town hall received confirmation that their bid to county highways for the closure of Rolle Street between 12pm to 12am on that day had been successful.
Town clerk Colin Poole said that it was ‘good news’ for businesses and followed consultation with traders.
Suzanne Birkett, the town hall’s town management project officer, said: “At the town team meetings, a minority of traders had expressed concerns that because the Christmas Cracker has traditionally been based in The Strand, the crowds were drawn to the Strand and it detracted from their business. We have listened to those concerns and, by closing Rolle Street, we will be able to extend the events into the Magnolia Centre.
“We will be sending letters to around 100 businesses within the next week informing them of our plans and over the next few months we will continue to keep them informed.
“We will be inviting them to take part in the events.
“They can extend their opening hours if they wish and we will be asking them for ideas.
“We want this event to be biggest and best Christmas Cracker we have held and we aim to include more businesses than ever before.”