Why should you shop local Long Melford this Christmas?

The Long Melford Christmas street fair. Stephen Abs Wisdom with his puppets.

The Long Melford Christmas street fair. Stephen Abs Wisdom with his puppets. - Credit: Archant

A town “steeped in history”, Long Melford offers the “personal touch” and variety that many bigger towns cannot beat this Christmas shopping period.

This is the feeling of Anne Hardy, owner of one of the many independent shops on Hall Street.

She said: “We have got such a great choice of products. When I look in independent shops, especially in Long Melford, they all have things you would never find in the bigger chains.

“You get the customer experience. The personal touch.

“The big chains are the same where ever you go, there is lack of face to face contact.


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“I get customers come in to my tea shop for something to eat and they will see the hampers that I sell.

“They are personal to the person who they are for. Every detail, they choose the basket, what goes in them and they are gift-wrapped by me.

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“It is a great place to come to. The parking is free, we don’t have charges here. It is easy to get into town.

“Hall Street, the main shopping street, is steeped in history.

“It is a great place to come and visit for the day, grab something to eat and discover a gift you won’t find anywhere else.”

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