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Support Local Across the Borough this Christmas! Wed 18 Nov 2020

Mayor of Ards and North Down standing in front of shop decorated for Christmas holding a board which says support local this Christmas

Date: Wednesday 18 November 2020

Ards and North Down Borough Council, in collaboration with the town chambers of commerce for Bangor, Comber, Donaghadee, Holywood and Newtownards, has launched its Christmas ‘Support Local’ campaign.
 
Our villages and towns are brimming with everything you need to make the holiday period extra special this year, offering everything from unique shops for special gifts, boutiques, and the finest food and drink. Whether you are shopping safely in store or supporting our local retailers online, join us to celebrate and ‘support local’ in Ards and North Down this festive season. 
 
The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said:
 
“As we continue with our recovery from Covid-19, it is vitally important – now more than ever – that we support our local businesses.
 
“Whatever you’re looking to purchase, before going online, please ask yourself if you could buy it from your local shop first. Each of our town centres and villages offer real value through great products and personal service, as well as enhancing the character of our borough and helping to support local jobs and the economy.
 
“Throughout the Covid crisis, our local retailers and businesses have gone above and beyond to support our residents and communities in their time of need. Now it’s our turn to reciprocate that support.”
 
Outdoor Christmas Markets
 
In addition to the Bangor and Newtownards weekly markets, a series of Christmas markets will offer you the opportunity to pick up fresh local produce, artisan food and drink, gifts and unique crafts. You can enjoy that festive feeling while picking up those special local treats by joining us and shopping local this Christmas.
 
Donaghadee (Rear of the Market House, New Street): 
Christmas Market; Saturday 21 November (10am - 4pm)
 
Newtownards, Conway Square:
Christmas Markets; Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 November (10am-4pm), and Saturday 28 November (8am -4pm)
 
Comber, St Mary’s Parish Church Car Park, The Square: 
Comber Farmers' Market; Thursday 3 December (9am - 1pm)
 
Bangor, McKee Clock Arena:  
Christmas Market; Friday 4 Dec (12noon - 4pm) and Saturday 5 December (12noon - 6pm)
 
Bangor, Market Fresh at Project 24, Queens Parade Bangor: 
Saturday 12 December (12noon - 4pm)
*Little Market Fresh: A market with approx. 12 traders will also be running on Saturday 28 November, 5 December and 19 December.
 
Comber, St Mary’s Parish Church Car Park, The Square:
Twilight Farmers' Market: Thursday 17 December (4pm - 8pm)
 
The outdoor Christmas Markets have been organised by Donaghadee Community Development Association, Ards Chamber of Commerce, Bangor Chamber of Commerce, Comber Farmer's Market, Market Fresh and Ards and North Down Borough Council.
 
Measures will be in place for social distancing and hygiene.
 
Please be responsible and follow public health guidance and help stop the spread of coronavirus:
 
1. Wash your hands well and often
2. Keep your distance
3. Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces or when social distancing is difficult to maintain
4. Download StopCOVID NI
 
See nidirect.gov.uk/coronavirus for up-to-date information about current restrictions and public health guidelines.
 
For more information about the Support Local campaign, visit Ards and North Down Borough Council website.
 
ENDS.
 
Photo caption: The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, is encouraging everyone to ‘support local’ across the Borough this Christmas. (Image: Ian Pedlow.)