Organiser needed for late-night shopping

Children meet Santa at Sidmouth late night shopping. Ref shs 7703-50-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Children meet Santa at Sidmouth late night shopping. Ref shs 7703-50-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The future of Sidmouth’s late-night shopping event could be in danger, if a new co-ordinator does not come forward.

Chamber of commerce secretary Sylvia Brownlee, who has organised the evening for the past five years, is looking for a replacement to take over managing the popular event.

Late-night shopping was started in 2006 by Sue Readman for the traders in Church Street, but the night has grown to include the whole town.

The new co-ordinator would be in charge of liaising with traders taking part in the event and organising any additional entertainment, such as a DJ or hog roast.

Mrs Brownlee said: “We need just one person, someone with some organisational experience.


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“Sue did a tremendous job in the early years.

“It shows how from little acorns, big things grow.”

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During late-night shopping, scores of businesses keep their doors open past trading hours for an evening of merriment, welcoming customers with drinks and nibbles, alongside entertainment.

“There is a lot of good will that night,” said Mrs Brownlee.

The co-ordinator added that she would be happy to give one-to-one guidance and had a file to help her successor in organising the event.

This year’s event is set to take place on Friday, December 2.

To put forward your interest, email info@sidmouthchamber.co.uk

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