Help needed for Chichester’s next Independents Day

Kim Long, city centre manager, and Andrew Finnamore,  chairman of Chichester's City Centre Partnership
Kim Long, city centre manager, and Andrew Finnamore, chairman of Chichester's City Centre Partnership
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TRADERS in the city centre celebrated their uniqueness on Thursday, with hundreds of promotions for Independents’ Day.

Kim Long, city centre manager, was ‘thrilled’ with the number of independent shops who joined in with the festivities.

She said more than 110 shops were involved in the celebrations and nothing went to waste out of the 1500 metres of bunting.

Buskers helped with the festivities for the day providing music, singers, magic – and the community chess tables were out for shoppers to have a quick game in the sun.

However, not all the traders were thrilled with the organisation, and Peter Warriner, who owns East Street cafe Crispins, said he was disappointed with promotional material which mentioned a chain restaurant, but no local eateries.

But the City Centre Partnership, which runs the event, wants next year to run smoothly and be even bigger and better than this year.

“We were so pleased with the support we got from our independent shops but we’re sure we can do better next year,” said Kim.

“Our independent shops are what make this city different as a shopping destination and we mustn’t forget that.

“So we’d like five to ten independent shops to step up and help organise the event next year, so we can make it bigger and better for our city.”

Independent businesses who want to get involved in helping to organise next year’s Independents’ Day should contact Kim Long on 01243 773 263 or at klong@chichesterbid.co.uk