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Dear Reader

Can you imag­ine a world with­out town-cen­tre shops? A world where ev­ery­thing is bought on­line; no per­sonal ser­vice, no try­ing on clothes and shoes, no chat with a knowl­edgable shop­keeper? High streets are chang­ing rapidly and Scar­bor­ough’s is no dif­fer­ent. True, there are too many empty units. But we have the big and the small, the chain and the small in­de­pen­dent, a town cen­tre shop­ping scene built on ded­i­ca­tion and hard work. In th­ese in­ter­net days, it’s not easy own­ing a shop. Many work hard to of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent, are pas­sion­ate about what they do and de­serve our sup­port.

And if you spend with them, your pound pays the wages of some­one lo­cal. In turn, that will prob­a­bly be spent lo­cally too, at Scar­bor­ough’s pubs, cafes, res­tau­rants, or pay­ing the lo­cal trades­man they use to main­tain their premises. So, in the run-up to Christ­mas, join in our cam­paign to use lo­cal shops; it re­ally is a case of use it or lose it. Steve Bam­bridge Deputy Ed­i­tor

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