That’s the Christmas spirit
Battle for independents takes a festive turn as traders herald yuletide season
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