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Sunday, 21 December 2008

Keeping it Local

On Saturday, the village of Westbury-on-Trym united in promoting shopping locally. There were all sorts of special deals on offer for those who chose to do their Christmas shopping in Westbury, instead of joining the traffic queues and crowds of shoppers at the Mall or Cabot Circus.

St.Peter's Hospice shop was giving away sustainable shopping bags with every purchase above £5, there was a prize draw in Cafe Interlude and the community worked together to promote its local stores.

As the credit crunch hits, it is not only high profile and much-loved chains like Woolworths that are casualties - small, family run businesses that make our high streets personal and interesting will be struggling as well. To put it simply, we've got to use 'em or lose 'em.

And on a day when traffic was gridlocked to the Mall and friends tell me the place was swarming to the point of paralysis, I was very glad to be supporting my local shops, with space to breath!

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