Islanders soak up festive cheer during late-night shopping

LATE-night shopping got under way with a busy start on the first Thursday evening in Town last week.

With rain holding off, islanders were able to soak in the festive ambience of the illuminated shopping streets, home to a variety of festive entertainment.

'Le Quartaette' (Guernsey String Quartet) played in Market Square. (31529219)

A Christmas market full of stalls, buskers and hot food and drink vendors attracted a steady flow of people to the High Street and Market Square, many of whom came down solely for the Christmas vibe.

‘We come nearly every year for the atmosphere, we love the lights,’ said market researcher Anne Le Cheminant, who came with her two children.

For some, Christmas shopping was the priority and they had the added choice from a number of independent business stalls

and pop-up shops dotted around Town.

Golf coach Beki Le Cheminant was running her stall for the first time with her mum, Sandra, selling items from her business Diamond Art Designs, and said she was pleased with the turnout.

‘It’s been surprisingly busy. I’ve sold a good amount,' she said.

(Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 31529225)

The former Burton shop in the High Street was home to some temporary Christmas pop-up shops, selling a variety of gifts and decorations.

Photographer Ben Fiore was stationed there to sell his work and said he was delighted to have the space.

‘It’s great that small businesses are given the opportunity to sell in the High Street, especially as rents keep rising.’

Left to right: Emma Bertrand and Emily Gardener selling cards with seed patches for planting as part of their Young Enterprise. (31529229)

The ever-popular live music ranged from solo singers to the Guernsey String Quartet.

‘It’s been a great evening that’s very family-orientated. We’ve had some good community engagement,’ said Guernsey Police Chief Inspector Andy Hockey.

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