Traders lure shoppers to resort

TRADERS in Felixstowe are looking at a range of ways to attract shoppers to the resort - and seeking views on the use of part of the town centre.

TRADERS in Felixstowe are looking at a range of ways to attract shoppers to the resort - and seeking views on the use of part of the town centre.

The area of Hamilton Road between Boots and Bank Corner is pedestrianised on Saturdays and has been used for two foreign markets to successfully bring more people to the town.

But chamber of trade chairman Peter Dawes says the group feels it could be used for so much more.

The group is preparing to fight the recession with the launch of a campaign to publicise the seaside town and its attractions to show how people can enjoy a day out shopping by the sea.

With spring just around the corner, it is hoped people will visit the town to enjoy its variety of shops, but also to walk by the sea, enjoy a picnic in the gardens, visit the fort or other attractions.

“Felixstowe has so much to offer for people who want to make shopping a bit different, an enjoyable day out,” said Mr Dawes.

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“I think sometimes we keep the town a bit of a secret and need to shout more about it.

“We have a good range of shops here, parking is cheap, and there are plenty of other things for people to do which they might not find in other towns or shopping centres.

“What we need to do is to add more attractions and we feel we could make more use of Hamilton Road.

“The markets have been a success but I am sure there are other things we could try and we would love to hear people's ideas.”

In the past it has been used for small children's fairground rides, and could be suitable for outdoor eating, art events or street entertainment.

People are asked to give their views via the chamber website - www.felixstowechamber.co.uk

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