Fes­tive cheer for the High Street?

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

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.

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