PHOTOS: ‘Epic evening’ of late night shopping

PUBLISHED: 17:39 14 December 2014

Sidmouth late night shopping. Brian Fletcher and Sarah Brook enjoy a festive ice cream. Ref shs 2248-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

Sidmouth late night shopping. Brian Fletcher and Sarah Brook enjoy a festive ice cream. Ref shs 2248-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

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True community spirit proved the secret to Sidmouth’s late-night shopping success last week.

Bands played, children sang and revellers danced in the streets, as stores stayed open to welcome around 2,000 people into the town centre for a true festive celebration.

The organiser, chamber of commerce secretary Sylvia Brownlee, said: “It was absolutely fabulous, an epic evening.

“Everybody played their part and deserves a pat on the back.”

Pupils from Sidmouth College, St John’s School and Sidmouth Primary School turned out to entertain shoppers with music and singing.

Donkeys and steam engines paraded the streets in honour of the occasion and the Lions’ Father Christmas float was a particular highlight of the night.

Resident Robert Crick said: “I was able to observe it all as a grand community party, orchestrated wonderfully, with loads of neighbours and strangers enjoying the whole experience.”

While there was suggestion of changing the event to a Saturday next year, Mrs Brownlee confirmed it will take place on Friday, December 4, 2015.


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