Budleigh Salterton Christmas shopping evening a success

PUBLISHED: 10:03 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 10 June 2010

FATHER Christmas joined the throngs who headed for Budleigh Salterton's annual late-night shopping evening last Friday.

FATHER Christmas joined the throngs who headed for Budleigh Salterton's annual late-night shopping evening last Friday.

The town was alive with festive spirit as scores of shoppers lined the streets to watch as the evening, organized by the Chamber of Commerce, began with a festive procession through the High Street.

Santa's sleigh, Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club float, Showbiz Sparkle, the Seaton Fire and Ice majorettes and a huge crowd of youngsters and parents from St Peter's Primary School paraded through the main street.

Christmas carols and performances from morris dancers, the majorettes and music from the Exmouth Town Band entertained the crowds as they shopped.

Trade was brisk as shoppers took advantage of the town's unique shops to buy their Christmas gifts.

Budleigh Salerton Chamber of Commerce chairman Alan Tilbury said: "It was a wonderful evening. The Christmas lights looked better than they have ever looked. The procession went extremely well. There were lots of people, even though it rained. Most of the traders were really pleased - even those who weren't selling were hospitable."

Many shops served mince pies and a glass of wine to warm visitors.

The organsiers said they were grateful to Balfour Beatty for organising the road closure, allowing the evening to be unhindered by traffic, Budleigh Lions Club, Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club, the police and fire service for their help and support.


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