SHOPPERS in Tamworth are being encouraged to support their local independent traders on July 4.
This is the third year that Tamworth has supported the national Independents’ Day initiative – which aims to celebrate and promote independent traders, as well as raising the profile of town centres.
The whole day – which is being organised in Tamworth by Destination Tamworth and supported by Tamworth Borough Council and many local traders – will see independent traders throughout the town running promotions and activities to show shoppers what they have to offer.
This year, there will be a particular focus on Lower Gungate and Market Street, which are home to a wide range of independent retailers and which are expected to draw in the crowds on the day.
There will be an additional market along Lower Gungate, with 25 stalls offering a potential 50 free pitches to independent traders, to give them a chance to show off what they have to offer.
Tamworth Borough Council is supporting the event by giving a grant of £15 per stall, while local businesses PAST Ltd, Optimal Web Marketing and Roasters, along with Destination Tamworth, have pledged to sponsor the remaining costs. This means the stalls will be FREE to every business taking a stall on the day instead of the usual £25.
Comictopia in Lower Gungate is running a competition on the day to find the Best Dressed Super Hero. There will be adult, child, male and female categories and the judging will take place at 3pm at Olivers Bar in Gungate. Organisers are hoping to see as many superheroes as possible taking part and are encouraging people to turn up in costume.
In Market Street, toy shop Fergus and Fogg will be laying on a host of events, while tenants of Created in Tamworth will be holding activities and demonstrations.
The Town Crier will be out proclaiming Independents’ Day along with various street activities.
There will be a raffle on the day and everyone will be encouraged to purchase a ticket for £1. Destination Tamworth is supporting St Giles Hospice and Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. Anyone who would like to donate a raffle prize is asked to contact Amanda Bourne on Amanda@cyfab.co.uk.
Cllr Rob Pritchard, Tamworth Borough Council Deputy Leader, said: “Independent traders are vitally important to Tamworth and the town centre. We want to showcase the wide range that is available to shoppers.
“We are proud to be supporting Independents’ Day, because the local retail economy and the town centre are our top priority. We hope to see a large number of shoppers giving their backing too.”