Budleigh gears up for late night shopping

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 November 2017

Santa greets everyone to Budleigh's late-night shopping in 2015. Ref shb 7674-50-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Santa greets everyone to Budleigh's late-night shopping in 2015. Ref shb 7674-50-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Late night shopping returns to Budleigh on Friday (December 1) with traders staying open until 8.30pm.

Budleigh Salterton is gearing up for its annual winter wonderland transformation this Friday (December 1).

The town’s Christmas festivities will be launched on Friday as the late night shopping event returns.

Traders in High Street and Fore Street will stay open until 8.30pm to allow shoppers the chance to start their Christmas preparations.

Mike Hilliar, chairman of the town’s chamber of commerce, which organises the event is looking forward to the evening.

He said: “Late night shopping in Budleigh Salterton marks the start of the Christmas season in the town.

“This night is so important because it allows the towns high street and fore street to show off what it has to offer.

“It is also an opportunity for businesses to thank those people who have supported them through the year and without this the shops in the town simply wouldn’t be able to grow and succeed.

“This night also creates an opportunity for businesses in the town to forge new customers’ relationships as well as potential new business opportunities.”

On Friday, the streets of Budleigh town centre will be illuminated by the town’s Christmas lights which were switched on last week.

Some of the shops will have a ‘music of Christmas’ theme as part of the chamber’s best-dressed window contest. Judging took place on Wednesday (November 29).

The usual procession through the town will start at the Public Hall, Station Road, at 6pm.

Led by Father Christmas’ sleigh, it will make its way down Station Road before turning into High Street and ending at a grotto, organised by the Budleigh Lions Club, at the Fore Street Car Park.

Their will also be various entertainment on the night including a short carol service outside Temple Methodist Church, a lions club barbecue, a balloon man and music provided by a renaissance choir.

Mike added: “Of course there is plenty of entertainment in the town such as Santa and his sleigh, ICOS theatre group, Salterton Drama Club all but to name a few, who in turn help support the night and the Christmas lights to bring colour to the town but all these things help to support the towns traders on this special night.”

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