Ex­tra time to find presents

Late night shop­ping is hailed as a huge suc­cess

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Damodaran

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

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