Extra time to find presents
Late night shopping is hailed as a huge success
Shopkeepers in the Strath capital are delighted with the success of Crieff’s late night shopping event last Thursday.
Local shops stayed open until late in the evening with many seasonal offers available at participating businesses.
There were also carols and refreshments in James Square with Crieff Choral Group and a free prize draw for shoppers on the night.
The event was organised by local business owners Karen Christie from High Street toy shop Fun Junction and Jane Drysdale from Carnelian Crafts on Comrie Street, as well as Neil Combe, manager of Crieff Succeeds BID ( Business Improvement District).
Speaking to the Herald, Jane said: “It was a fabulous evening and there was a real buzz about the town.
“The winners of the shopping vouchers have all been notified and will hopefully be out using the vouchers in the town’s shops in the coming weeks.
“The whole event is just such a simple, good idea.
“One of the reasons I think it is so important is that it is a way for all the shopkeepers in the town to say thank you to all their loyal customers who have shopped local and shopped with us throughout the year.
“If they didn’t support us then quite simply we wouldn’t be here.
“And as well as a way of saying thank you, everyone all seemed to have a thoroughly enjoyable evening, which is just fantastic!”
Jane added: “Thanks must go to the Crieff Choral Group for singing so beautifully in the square, despite the awful weather on the night, and all the participating businesses.
“Thanks also to Karen Christie and Neil Combe for organising it all, and to everyone who came along for the evening.
“We were surprised and delighted by the turnout as the weather was so bad.
“I am already looking forward to next year’s event - it is great for the town and the local community.”
Festive tunes Crieff Choral Group performed Christmas songs for shoppers and (inset) Katy and Ellie Galbraith enjoy hot chocolate