Festive cheer for the High Street?
IT’S that time of year again when it feels you can hardly move on the roads for delivery vans busily bringing parcels, presumably with gifts, to doors across the area.
The growth of ‘ Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ seems to have made the Christmas shopping frenzy last longer than ever.
Against that backdrop, it’s worth remembering that local high streets, shops and businesses, rely on having a good Christmas to see them through the rest of the year.
This isn’t a ‘ big companies bad, little companies good’ argument because it’s worth remembering that stores like Tesco, Asda, Lidl and Aldi combined employ hundreds, if not thousands, of local people in their stores, so are vital for the local economy.
But Christmas shopping always feels that little bit more special when it involves getting out and about around our area’s independent stores when looking for gifts or things to help make Christmas dinner more special.
Bank Street and the streets off it around Rawtenstall continue to inspire when it comes to present shopping, while Haslingden and Bacup also have plenty of gems.
And increasingly independent businesses based in the Valley are springing up on Facebook offering special ideas for Christmas.
Christmas planning spent pressing click on a website and waiting for a knock on the door might be easy, but it means you miss out on the Christmas spirit Rossendale’s town centres are so good at serving up.