Mum’s half-term trail could boost trade for shops

Hannah Warner with children, from left, Joe, seven, Izzy, eight, and Seth, four, outside one of the shops taking part in the Hidden Article Competition
Hannah Warner with children, from left, Joe, seven, Izzy, eight, and Seth, four, outside one of the shops taking part in the Hidden Article Competition
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A woman is hoping to boost town centre trade and provide children with a boredom-busting competition for the school holidays.

Hannah Warner has come up with the Hidden Article Competition for primary school children.

From Saturday, October 20, until Saturday, November 3, there will be 28 shops in Stamford town centre displaying items they wouldn’t usually sell in their shop windows.

It could be a dice in a shoe shop or a building block in a china shop but the aim of the game is to identify as many items as possible.

The top three eagle-eyed youngsters will win cash prizes of £100, £50 and £25.

Hannah, who is mum to Joe, seven, Izzy, eight, Seth, four, and Noah, one, was keen to find a fun and reasonably-priced activity to keep her brood happy during the holidays.

Hannah, 38, who is married to Tim and lives in Empingham Road, also hopes it will encourage parents to look in shops they may not have been in before.

Hannah said: “It would be great if this could become a huge event, not just for children but for the shops as well. It’s been really difficult for trade and I think this is a great opportunity.”

Entry forms cost £2 and will be available from the tourist information centre at Stamford Arts Centre or Bubble and Squeak in the High Street from tomorrow. Any profits will go to a garden project at St Gilbert’s School but the competition is open to all primary school children.