Lor­raine sad to see the high street suf­fer as she backs lo­cal cam­paign

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CARO­LINE WIL­SON

GLAS­GOW-BORN TV pre­sen­ter Lor­raine Kelly chat­ted to shop­pers and some of her youngest fans as she backed a cam­paign to en­cour­age the pub­lic to shop lo­cally.

Lor­raine, who mod­els for high street brand JD Wil­liams, said it was “heart­break­ing” to see rows of empty shops on once-thriv­ing re­tail dis­tricts such as Sauchiehall Street, where she shopped as a young girl.

Lor­raine, 58, who was born in the Gor­bals area, said: “We lived in Bridgeton and we used to get the num­ber 18 bus and into Sauchiehall Street and Ar­gyle Street as well and that’s where you did all your shop­ping.

“It was bril­liant. It’s so, so sad and we do need to do some­thing about it whether it’s get­ting the rates down or try­ing to en­cour­age pop-up busi­nesses as well.

“Oth­er­wise it’s just go­ing to be re­ally dull.

“What you don’t want to hap­pen is that high streets are just cof­fee shops and char­ity shops.

“I’d like to see us re­verse the trend of these great big re­tail parks, where you could be any­where.

“If you go to your lo­cal butcher or fish­mon­ger, the choice is in­cred­i­ble and I think peo­ple are un­der the mis­ap­pre­hen­sion that it’s cheaper to go to the su­per­mar­ket. If you don’t use it, you lose it.”

Lo­raine, whose par­ents still live in East Kil­bride, was at Sil­ver­burn Shop­ping Cen­tre yes­ter­day to pro­mote a new, free app by Yell list­ing lo­cal busi­nesses, but took time out to chat to shop­pers.

She said: “I think some peo­ple think that they know me, which is lovely.

“They were say­ing to me, ‘oh, it’s your daugh­ter’s birth­day to­day and she’s 24 and I re­mem­ber when she was born, you took her into the stu­dio’.

“I am think­ing how do you know that?

“But it’s lovely. Peo­ple are so nice, es­pe­cially in Glas­gow.”

Lor­raine Kelly with one of her young fans at Sil­ver­burn Shop­ping Cen­tre

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.