The Christmas team of Settle & District Chamber of Trade is currently hard at work preparing for a busy festive season.
Alan Suttie, who runs outdoor pursuits store Cave & Crag, is heading the team and is looking for support from local businesses to make this Christmas an extra special one. "We want to encourage as many businesses as possible to stay open late on the three Thursdays before Christmas" he said. "That way, local people will realise that they don't necessarily need to go further afield to do their gift shopping. There's a very good range of shops in the area and if they open at times to suit those coming home from work, then it will be of benefit to everyone." It is also hoped that shops will stay open late on Friday December 13th to take advantage of the many visitors who will be attending the ice skating evening being organised by Take One Theatre Group in the Victoria Hall.
This year's Christmas theme is 'snowmen' once again, following its eye-catching success last year. Local stores, together with businesses such as banks and building societies, are being persuaded to join in with the theme by displaying snowmen both outside their premises and in their foyers and reception areas.
The Christmas light switch-on day is Saturday 30th November when a highly seasonal procession will make its way around the town. Plans are still being finalised, but it is known that the day will include performances by the Settle & Giggleswick brass band, the Black Horse Jazzmen and local schools. Compère will be Norman Tinsel and there will also be a children's storyteller performing in a tent in the market place, country & western singers Stan and Jane, a street entertainer/juggler/fire-eater, plus of course, Father Christmas. The day will end with a bang, with a fireworks display over Castleberg Rock.
Anyone who is able to assist the Chamber's Christmas programme should contact the Business Development Office at Settle Town Hall, telephone: 01729 822664.
For further information contact Martin Higham on 01729 822071