Highcliffe's flying the flags for reopening
VISITORS returning to Highcliffe as shops start reopening on Monday will receive a colourful welcome with a display of flags hung along the High Street.
The initiative by Highcliffe Action Team (HAT) along with Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council is aimed at encouraging people to shop local.
Each of the 44 flags bears the logo of both organisations along with the message: “Welcome to Highcliffe.”
A spokesperson for HAT urged residents to pay a visit to local stores on the day lockdown is lifted, saying: “Let’s continue to support our High Street and wish them all the best in these most challenging of times.”
To ensure they feel safe returning, many businesses have been busy during lockdown cleaning, sanitising, painting and doing up their premises.
Some have splashed out on new facias and signage while the In Bloom gardening team have been busy putting in new flowers and plants along the High Street.
There are also three new businesses opening to coincide with the latest stage of the lockdown easing: DMW Glazing, a sweet shop and a beauty and nail salon.
To celebrate the lessening of restrictions allowing stores to open their doors again, many will be holding special events on 12th April.
New Forest and Dorset Brides will be handing out goody bags while Flowers-By-Design will mark the move to their new premises in the Hoburne development with a balloon arch over its doors.
The Wardrobe dress agency has put all its stock at half-price.
At the Cliffhanger Café people can grab a coffee while also enjoying live music and finally being allowed to sit on the outside seating area.