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Hundreds of shoppers turn out to celebrate South Lakeland retailers

The Westmorland Gazette: Gazette staff handing out goody-bags and balloons this morning Gazette staff handing out goody-bags and balloons this morning

HUNDREDS of shoppers have helped celebrate South Lakeland retailers as part of the Gazette’s ‘Independents’ Day’ campaign.

Kendal town centre was bustling this morning as residents turned out to support their local shopkeepers.

Children carrying helium-filled balloons filled the main shopping streets, while adults were able to take away hessian bags filled with vouchers and offers, courtesy of the Gazette.

Patricia Nichollson, of Kendal, said: “It’s a wonderful idea.

“When I was younger it was all independent shops.

“I think it’s a great idea to encourage people to give their business to the smaller shops.”

Launched to coincide with the American holiday, the day has been organised by the newspaper to champion the diversity of goods and services on offer on Kendal’s high street, while recognising the skills of local traders who have kept their heads above water in difficult times.

Nicky Lawless, from Kendal, said: “My husband has a company in the area and we always shop locally and use local people where possible.

“We need to support each other.

“I think this campaign is brilliant.”

The initiative has also been supported by MP Tim Farron, who said: "I think that Independents' Day is a great idea and I hope that it will boost local businesses and support independent traders.

"It's down to independent traders that we are bucking the trend in South Lakeland, and they deserve our strong support.

“I’m delighted to be supporting the campaign and I want to thank the Gazette for all their work on this."

Gazette staff will be in Kendal town centre all day handing out the hessian goody-bags and balloons.

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7:00pm Sun 7 Jul 13

jazzactivist says...

It's a really good idea to promote independent shops and businesses by having a day dedicated to supporting them. However, there needs to be encouragement for people to keep it up all year round. It's no good just doing it for the day because of the special offers and vouchers, but hopefully once people have had a good experience with local businesses they won't go back to the soulless multinationals. The national obsession with cheapness needs to be replaced with a commitment to local quality at reasonable prices. The only way to keep a variety of businesses, encourage start-ups by young people, and hold off the dulling effect of multinationals is to support independents. Well done to the Gazette for introducing this celebratory day.
It's a really good idea to promote independent shops and businesses by having a day dedicated to supporting them. However, there needs to be encouragement for people to keep it up all year round. It's no good just doing it for the day because of the special offers and vouchers, but hopefully once people have had a good experience with local businesses they won't go back to the soulless multinationals. The national obsession with cheapness needs to be replaced with a commitment to local quality at reasonable prices. The only way to keep a variety of businesses, encourage start-ups by young people, and hold off the dulling effect of multinationals is to support independents. Well done to the Gazette for introducing this celebratory day. jazzactivist
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4:59pm Mon 8 Jul 13

ELBEAN says...

Helium is a scarce resource needed for MRI scanners. It will not help the shops of Kendal.
Helium is a scarce resource needed for MRI scanners. It will not help the shops of Kendal. ELBEAN
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4:59pm Mon 8 Jul 13

ELBEAN says...

Helium is a scarce resource needed for MRI scanners. It will not help the shops of Kendal.
Helium is a scarce resource needed for MRI scanners. It will not help the shops of Kendal. ELBEAN
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