I knew we had a Co-op, Pharmacy, a Hardware shop, Hairdressers, Estate agents, Fish and chip shop, Small Antique type shop, Newsagents, Cake shop/Cafe and a Flower shop but didn't think there were enough shops to have a Shopping Festival!
Better go and look.
Turns out there is also a Butcher's shop, Greengrocers, Fancy gifts shop, Cafe and Deli and a Gallery featuring work by a Craftsman Jeweller and local artists.
What a surprise!
Maybe I ought to pick up my books from the little branch library there rather than the Library van so that I get a chance to look round more often and find out what things are going on.
On the green was a Christmas tree with giant baubles!
There are some very old buildings in the town, years ago there would have been even more shops and more than the two pubs that still survive.
After a good look round I drove out to the edge of town where we have a Sports and Community centre beside the High School ( this was where Col's 60th birthday party was held back in March) where the church were holding their Christmas bazaar.
Then I thought I'd better head home and light the fire. Wish I'd stayed a bit longer because on my way home I saw some Morris Dancers with blacked up faces and ragged jackets heading toward the green to do a display. Probably East Suffolk Morris Men.
If this You Tube video works you might be able to see them doing a display somewhere a few years ago
(BTW please don't question the blacked up faces, they are nothing to do with anything Politically Correct or un-PC, but date back to the time when village people performed mummers plays around the villages and didn't want their employers to recognise them..........)
And what did I buy from The Christmas Shopping Festival?.............some Pears from the Co-op!
I think there are some new followers again - Hello and welcome to reading my ramblings