Late-night shopping event set to be night of wonder

A choir performs at last year's late-night shopping event.
A choir performs at last year's late-night shopping event.

Fraserburgh Forward Business Association are inviting the folk of Fraserburgh and district to once again enjoy late-night shopping in the Broch later this month.

Advising whomever shows up on November 29 in the town centre to wrap up warm, they say that the local event is predominantly sponsored by the town’s local, independent businesses which will be open until 8:30pm on the night with lots of special offers and promotions to enjoy.

The event itself kicks-off at 6pm with Santa making his annual return to the Broch, leaving from Hanover Street’s car park on an extended parade route around the town centre so everyone can catch a glimpse of the man from the North Pole. Children are invited to meet him afterwards and let him know of their Christmas wish list at his Grotto on Broad Street, each child receiving a sweet treat before he says his goodbyes.

The town’s larger chain stores have this year, after being contacted by the business association, also donated to the grotto, with Tesco, Lidl, the Co-op, Asda, Iceland, and Superdrug either already donating or pledging their support. However, there is still set to be a significant shortfall, so larger stores are encouraged to get in touch with the business association if they wish to support the town centre event.

The lively event, which regularly sees large crowd gather in Fraserburgh’s town centre will also see local community cafe, Cafe Connect, offer out free samples of their winter warmers. Along with this, it is another chance to support local businesses by shopping local this Christmas, this year’s campaign offering the chance to share in a £1000 prize fund of vouchers to spend in Fraserburgh stores with every £10 spent in participating stores. A draw will be made every week, from now, until December 17.

Winners already include Michelle Roy, Balmedie, and Evelyn Beats, Peterhead.

Kids, meanwhile, can take part in this year’s window spotting competition which runs from November 22, offering the chance to win £40 - twice!

Entertainment, meanwhile, will be provided by Alan Strachan and friends from Kinnaird Radio, the Fraserburgh Junior Arts Society performance of Christmas carols, local churches, the Invercairn flute band, the Royal British Legion pipe band, and dance groups.

Businesses will also get in on the act with the Best Christmas Display Window competition as voted for by the public, voters in for a chance to win £50 if they select the eventual winner of the competition which, this year, is being sponsored by Peterhead’s Waves Radio. Voting slips are available from participating stores, but a text vote is also set to be arranged.

The evening itself will culminate with a colourful and illuminating rooftop display of fireworks.

If you would like to help in any way, perhaps by having the privilege of marshalling Santa’s parade, helping in the grotto, or setting up or by clearing away at the end of the evening, please get in touch at fraserburghforward@hotmail.co.uk.