Night of fun as shops open late in Oakham

Oakham Late Night Shopping. Sam Payne with Santa. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-08-12-14-aw007 EMN-141012-104141001
Oakham Late Night Shopping. Sam Payne with Santa. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-08-12-14-aw007 EMN-141012-104141001
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More businesses than ever before joined in with the festive spirit by opening later for Oakham’s Late Night Shopping event.

Retailers and a range of other businesses opened for a few extra hours on Monday.

Thousands of people paid a visit to the town centre to browse the shops and stalls and take in the festive atmosphere.

Oakham town councillor and town partnership chairman Alf Dewis was delighted with this year’s Late Night Shopping event.

“It went very well indeed,” he said. “We had about the same number as last year, which was a record-breaking year, so we were very pleased.

“All the stallholders seemed to be quite happy. More shops were open this year than last year. And premises that would not necessarily take anything, like building societies and estate agents, were open as well. They saw it as a community thing. It seemed to be very successful.”

Thanks to the efforts of Rutland Garden Centre director Chris Hamilton, Oakham Town Council and the Rotary Club of Rutland the town had a new Christmas tree to show off.

Mr Hamilton donated the tree after hundreds of people joined a Facebook campaign complaining about the state of the original tree.

Mayor of Oakham Jayne Woodock thanked Rutland Garden Centre for helping with the tree. “The new tree is a great improvement and the intervention of Chris Hamilton at such short notice with such a determined and cheerful bunch of volunteers on such a cold wet Sunday morning is truly appreciated,” she said. “

“I would like to thank not only the Hamilton volunteers but also the people of Oakham for their positive energy that has helped the Give Oakham The Tree it Deserves campaign achieve a truly community-spirited result.”