Hundreds turn out for fun day held to boost Sunday business in Oakham

Last summer fun Sunday of the season at Cutts Close, Oakham - from left, Debbie Measures, left, and Rita Senior with three-month-old Willow-Rose Hind'Photo: MSMP090912-134js
Last summer fun Sunday of the season at Cutts Close, Oakham - from left, Debbie Measures, left, and Rita Senior with three-month-old Willow-Rose Hind'Photo: MSMP090912-134js
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HUNDREDS of visitors turned out for a day of fun which was organised to boost Sunday trade in Oakham.

A range of activities were held at Cutts Close and about 20 shops in Oakham extended their opening hours as part of a trial scheme to attract more people to the town on Sundays.

There was also a car boot sale at Burley Road car park before the fun day which started at midday and featured a host of events including a barbecue, penalty shoot out, Zorbing, live music, beach activities, a bike workshop and much more.

The day was organised by Oakham Town Partnership after the Sunday opening initiative gained a positive response at meetings earlier this year.

Alf Dewis, chairman of the partnership, said: “It all went very very well.

“The car park was packed out in the morning for the car boot sale which was superb.

“Then we had about 500 people attend the fun day in Cutts Close which was very good indeed.

“It was a brilliant afternoon and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.”

Mr Dewis is waiting for a response from traders in the town to see how sales figures were on Sunday.

If proved successful, Mr Dewis hopes to make the event a regular feature for the town next year.

He said: “I went for a walk in Oakham and from my point of view there seemed to be a lot more people in the town on Sunday.

“The whole idea of the day was to bring more visitors to the town and it seemed to work. I was very pleased with the turn out.

“I’m hoping to speak to traders to see how they thought it went. If it was successful for them, we will look to host monthly Sunday openings next year.

“Speaking to people in the town and at Cutts Close, they seemed to think it was a good idea.

“We want to attract more people to the town on Sundays which can only be a benefit to Oakham and the traders themselves.”

The event fun day was sponsored and supported by Catmose Sports, Spire Homes, Oakham Town Council and Oakham Town Partnership.