High streets are alive and well

Carmarthen Journal - - News - PHILEVANS­col­umn Co­me­dian Phil Evans from Am­man­ford is known as the man who puts the “cwtsh” into com­edy

AL­MOST every day, doom­laden ar­ti­cles in the news­pa­pers, and sour-faced “ex­perts” on the telly warn us, with what al­ways seems to be lip-smack­ing rel­ish . . .

“The High Street is dead. Ev­ery­one in the world now buys ev­ery­thing on­line!”

If ev­ery­one is sat at home, hunched over their lap­top or smart­phone or­der­ing ev­ery­thing from a 90in TV to an egg and cress sand­wich (with the crusts cut off!) from a food de­liv­ery ser­vice, I have a ques­tion.

When­ever I visit a su­per­mar­ket, ex­actly who are those peo­ple I have to queue be­hind for ages at the check-out?

Alien vis­i­tors from the far dis­tant reaches of the galaxy look­ing for some “buy one get one free” bar­gains in the cheese aisle?

And when I ven­ture into town to buy some­thing, even if it’s only a cof­fee and a news­pa­per, there al­ways seem to be plenty of peo­ple around.

Ad­mit­tedly, dur­ing the week and out­side of the school hol­i­days, the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple out shop­ping, sat in cof­fee shops and restau­rants and pop­ping into travel agents to book their next hol­i­day re­tired.

The rea­son they, along with mums and their chil­dren, make up the ma­jor­ity of week­day shop­pers is be­cause most do tend to be peo­ple work.

And many shops!

Who-da thunk it? That the high street of work­ing age of them are are at in is alive and well was proven re­cently when the win­ner of the 2018 Great British High Street Award (thanks to the judges be­ing so im­pressed by its bustling main street lined with fam­ily-run stores) was please . .

Powys.

Res­i­dents love their town so much, 267 of them clubbed to­gether to buy a pub, which was due to close down, rather than see a na­tional chain store take it over.

It’s now been turned into three new in­de­pen­dent shops.

So, the next time you go shop­ping, don’t go out of town. Go “into” town.

If enough of you do, this time next year, your town’s main street might even win the award. . . in­de­pen­dent . . drum roll, Crick­how­ell in

You can fol­low Phil Evans on Twit­ter @phil­e­van­swales or visit www.phil­e­vans.co.uk

Pic­ture: John Nguyen/PA

Emma Cor­field-Wal­ters, owner of Book.ish on Crick­how­ell High Street, which has been crowned the UK’s best high street at the Great British High Street Awards 2018.

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