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