'Shop local' in Lymington this Christmas, urges Lymington Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Lymington Society
BUSINESSES and community leaders in Lymington have come together to launch the town’s "shop local" Christmas campaign.
Designed to boost traders over the festive period, it is a partnership between Lymington Town Council, the town’s chamber of commerce and conservation group The Lymington Society.
Amid the launch, it was noted that the pandemic had taken a "terrible toll" on retailing in Lymington, and while there had been encouraging signs of recovery there still remains empty outlets on the high street.
With this in mind, the society highlighted the town’s market and also reminded residents to "think before they click" and try to do as much of their Christmas shopping locally as possible.
Deputy chair Don Mackenzie said: "Looking at the many empty shops in the town, The Lymington Society is as aware as we all are about the terrible effect the coronavirus has had on the local economy and particularly retailing.
"Thankfully there are encouraging signs with several new shops and businesses opening in the town since the end of lockdown and we all hope that the worst is past.
"However, if this encouraging trend is to become established, we all need to 'let our legs do the walking' not our keyboards, and to follow what is becoming a national movement to shop local and keep our pounds in the local economy to everyone’s benefit.
"While shopping on the web has its place, there’s nothing to beat shopping in your own town where amazing, exciting, and different things can be found from local retailers.
"You can also get a coffee or a bite to eat and you’re bound to meet someone you know and have a quick catch up – you can't do that online in the same way."