Crowds Arrive For Shaftesbury’s Late Night Christmas Shopping Event

Hundreds of locals and visitors flocked into Shaftesbury for late night shopping and the Christmas light switch on last night. The streets were filled with festive music from the Shaftesbury Town Band and Community Choir. Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee Member James Thrift acted as MC and introduced the star attraction, Shaftesbury singing trio Belle Street, to the Town Hall balcony.

The women led the countdown to the Christmas light switch on with a special version of ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas’ replacing the traditional last line referring to a partridge in a pear tree with ‘and the lights go on in Shaftesbury’. The crowd went wild with applause when the decorations were turned on.

Singing trio Belle Street on the Town Hall balcony

Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Perry was pleased with the turnout. “I was anticipating that people would come and they have. It’s great,” said David.

The Chamber of Commerce arranged a doorway decoration contest and businesses from Salisbury Street, Bell Street, Bimport and the High Street rose to the challenge. David was pleased at the number of entries. “Most of the independents have got behind it and there are some fabulous doorways around the town,” he said.

The Grosvenor Arms Hotel’s winning doorway

The overall winner was the Grosvenor Arms, with its wide doorway filled with fir trees, each decorated creatively on an hotel theme. “You can look at it for ages and keep seeing new things. They have knives and forks in the trees. It’s fabulous. They’ve made the biggest impact,” said David.