The community of Crowthorne stepped out in force last Friday for the annual Crowthorne Late Night Shopping event.
The High Street was buzzing, with hundreds of shoppers enjoying the Christmas market stalls and starting their Christmas shopping at local independent and artisan shops, businesses and cafes.
The event was opened by the Mayor of Bracknell Forest Borough, Councillor Ankur Shiv Bhandari, who presented prizes to three local school children for their winning entries in the poster competition to advertise the event.
Activities included a Santa Grotto run by Crowthorne Library staff, Christmas carols and festive lights by Churches Together in Crowthorne, fire and road safety demonstrations by Crowthorne Fire Station crew, a visit by The Wayz youth minibus, charity stalls and fairground rides. Thank you to Crowthorne Parish Council, Bracknell Forest Council, Wokingham Without Parish Council and Churches Together in Crowthorne for contributing to the cost of the road closure which made the event safer for all, and to all the volunteer marshals who assisted with event logistics and stewarding.
(aerial shots) Paula Robertson - Bracknell Forest Council Economic Development Officer
(street level shots) Stewart Turkington - Stewart Turkington Photography
Local shops and businesses reported their best day of pre-Christmas sales ‘ever’ and thanked the organisers for their work, and the residents for joining in with the festivities and supporting traders by shopping local!