Monday, 15 November 2010

"Shop Local This Christmas"

I'm urging all our local residents to "Shop local this Christmas"

Thats the name of our special Christmas campaign I launched on Saturday whilst putting in a shift on Hexham Market's fruit and veg stall alongside local traders.

It was great be able to see things from the other side of the market stall and see the challenges facing our local traders. I would urge everyone to think twice about heading over to the Metro Centre in the run up to Christmas and instead to shop local and support our local shops and market traders.

It is hard to beat the quality of local meat, cheese, vegetables and even cakes available, all of which are definitely worth the calories this Christmas!

I would urge everyone to support local producers, traders and retailers this Christmas.

Speaking at the launch Michael Nicholson of the National Market Traders Federation said “With the economic situation as it is now is the perfect time to encourage as many people as possible to support their local markets.”

We will be running the 'Shop Local this Christmas' campaign in the run up the Christmas with stalls in Hexham and Prudhoe encouraging local people to sign up to back the campaign.

Keep an eye out on the blog for updates...