Aldeburgh: Town celebrates ‘independents’ with three-day business event

Lady Caroline Cranbrook opened Aldeburgh Independents' Day last year

Lady Caroline Cranbrook opened Aldeburgh Independents' Day last year

A seaside town is preparing to celebrate all things independent next week.

To tie in with Independence Day on July 4, Aldeburgh will host its own “Independents’ Day” celebrations, starting Thursday and culminating in a concert on the beach on Saturday.

The idea is to show support for independent businesses with a timetable of master classes and presentations.

Supported by the Aldeburgh Business Association, the second annual event will see independently owned and run High Street shops and businesses giving out offers, discounts and samples.

Free 10 minute master classes will be held on the street, offering tips on how to make pastry, joint a chicken, style outfits for a special occasion or make a flower decoration.

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Live music from the Broadside Boys and buskers will add to the atmosphere.

Expanding on the success of 2012’s celebrations, organisers Sue Fletcher from Caramel and Claire Bruce-Clayton from Lawson’s Delicatessen are dedicating a second day to joining the business community with local charities.

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Both are asking everyone to buy at least one item from an independent retailer over the three days to help safeguard the High Street and support the local economy. Sue said: “Research suggests that a pound spent in a local business stays in the local economy for five more transactions, whereas a pound spent in a national business lasts just two.”

A light lunch will be served at The White Lion Hotel on Friday, June 5, with a quiz designed to test local knowledge and a presentation of photos depicting Aldeburgh in bygone years.

Executive director of the Fairtrade organisation, Michael Gidney, will give guests an insight into how consumers can work towards making trade fair.

There will be opportunities for people to enjoy the day while benefiting St Elizabeth Hospice, Aldeburgh United Charities and Assisting Charities in Suffolk.

The cinema will also be entering into the spirit of the day with short films and drinks in the foyer, while Holiday Cottage Agencies will welcome visitors to look inside some self-catering properties.

A 1929 vintage bus will shuttle between the outskirts of town and the High Street.

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