Organisers pleased with first Uppingham Big Shop

Uppingham Big Shop. Kate Drake-Lee and John Bull sample the cheese at The Courtyard deli with Richard Geach (centre). Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-02-07-15-aw008 EMN-150307-101302001

Uppingham Big Shop. Kate Drake-Lee and John Bull sample the cheese at The Courtyard deli with Richard Geach (centre). Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-02-07-15-aw008 EMN-150307-101302001

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The organisers of a day designed to promote market towns say traders were pleased with the success of the event.

Uppingham Big Shop took place throughout the town on Thursday last week. Many businesses held workshops or put on special events to show themselves off to visitors.

Uppingham Big Shop. Richard Moakes demonstrates violin construction to High Sheriff Andrew Brown. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-02-07-15-aw001 EMN-150307-101123001

Uppingham Big Shop. Richard Moakes demonstrates violin construction to High Sheriff Andrew Brown. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-02-07-15-aw001 EMN-150307-101123001

The day was organised by Uppingham’s Women in the High Street. Sandra Pollock, who leads the initiative, said: “We feel that our objectives were achieved. These were to promote Uppingham and to raise the profile and awareness of the unique skills, crafts and independent businesses in the town.

“This was successful. The feedback from the local traders was that this first Big Shop was a good start and has laid a good foundation for an annual event.”

There were plenty of people browsing Uppingham businesses on the morning of the Big Shop, but fewer in the afternoon. Some people suggested Saturday may have been a better choice of day on which to hold the event.

Sandra added: “These are all valuable points we can use learn from and improve the initiative for next year. The great thing though is that the Big Shop initiative is now seen as an annual event.”

The day was opened by High Sheriff Andrew Brown, supported by mayor of Uppingham Dave Ainslie. Coun Ainslie said: “Hopefully we can build upon this good work to make the event even more successful in future years”.