PHOTOS: ‘Epic evening’ of late night shopping

Sidmouth late night shopping. Brian Fletcher and Sarah Brook enjoy a festive ice cream. Ref shs 2248

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

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.


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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.”

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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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