'Buzz' created by Hill and Sea
PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 July 2015
Hundreds of people have been making the most of Sunday shopping in Clevedon, after a number of independent traders opened their doors to the public.
Clevedon Has It is a new initiative started by Hill and Sea, a group of independent traders from Hill Road, Alexandra Road, Copse Road, Bellevue Road and The Beach.
The aim of Hill and Sea, which was created earlier this year following the disbanding of the Hill Road Traders’ Association, is to increase footfall in the area and encourage visitors to visit its shops, restaurants and pubs. Part of this campaign is to open on the first Sunday of every month, as the Times revealed last month.
A number of shops in the area took part in the first event, including Thatcopyshop, Gems of Clevedon and Books on the Hill.
Customers who bought an item from a participating shop were entered into a raffle to win a prize fund worth £200, featuring goods and services donated by traders, such as a full-body massage. There was also entertainment courtesy of Clevedon musician, Jerry Turner, who wandered the streets and shops playing to passers-by.
Alistair Sims, owner of Books on the Hill, said: “There was a real buzz on the Sunday opening, with people from outside coming into the shops and locals wanting to support us.
“There was great music in our shop and I couldn’t help but smile and beat my foot in rhythm to the guitar. I am looking forward to the next Sunday opening.”
A map has also been published showing the location of all of the Hill and Sea businesses in the area, which can be picked up from firms involved in the scheme.
The next Sunday opening event will be held on August 2.