That’s the Christ­mas spirit

Bat­tle for in­de­pen­dents takes a fes­tive turn as traders her­ald yule­tide sea­son

Egham News - - NEWS - By Guy Martin guy.martin@trin­i­tymir­

A BOOST to busi­nesses and to the spir­its of shop­pers was pro­vided by the Launch of a Christ­mas event in West Byfleet on Satur­day.

The event was held as part of an in­ter­na­tional day of support for in­de­pen­dent traders to help them keep up with chain stores fol­low­ing the new-fan­gled Black Fri­day and Cy­ber Mon­day events.

A Christ­mas com­mit­tee at West Byfleet Business As­so­ci­a­tion or­gan­ised the var­i­ous attractions, rang­ing from stalls out­side shops to a char­ity tombola and fes­tive singing from a fe­male rock choir and chil­dren.

Chris­tine Mor­ri­son – one of the or­gan­is­ers – who runs the Ap­ples and Pears gift shop in Sta­tion Ap­proach with her hus­band John and daugh­ter Katy, ran a tombola out­side, rais­ing £420 to­wards can­cer re­search.

Pulled turkey was served by JL Butch­ers, Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions were on sale out­side Blush and there was a stand rais­ing aware­ness of the work of An­i­mals Asia in front of Hair Mekanix.

There was rous­ing singing from the Rock Choir ladies and chil­dren from West Byfleet ju­nior and in­fant schools, and to fur­ther raise spir­its choco­late and wine sam­ples were handed out to lucky shop­pers.

Col­lec­tions were held dur­ing the chil­dren’s per­for­mances, rais­ing money for Wok­ing and Sam Beare Hospice, and top­ping it all there was an ap­pear­ance from Fa­ther Christ­mas.

“It was a very nice at­mos­phere,” said Mrs Mor­ri­son. “The whole town was busy.

“It’s a good chance for us in­de­pen­dent shops be­cause we can’t com­pete with Black Fri­day or Cy­ber Mon­day.”

Tra­di­tional greet­ings from Ni­cola Field-Murphy and

Glo­ria Weir of Blush.

Nice to meat you: Mike, Janita and James Lowe

from JL Butch­ers were steak­ing a claim.

Chris­tine Mor­ri­son en­joyed her mo­ment with Fa­ther Christ­mas as fes­tiv­i­ties got un­der way

in West Byfleet.

Sta­tion Ap­proach and sur­round­ing streets were

alive with song thanks to the Rock Choir.

Oliver Lodge, Lor­raine Austin and Aileen Egan were do­ing their bit for

An­i­mals Asia.

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