Despite last night’s wintry weather, the new-look Late Night Christmas Shopping Evening – organised not by the Labour Town Council but by Penarth retailers themselves – has proved to be a big hit with customers.
The event had languished under the town council’s management – and last year’s event was such a disaster the council had pulled the plug on it. Afterwards the leader of the council Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) had criticised fellow councillors for not bothering to turn out to support local shops and announced there would be no late night shopping event in Penarth this year .
But that withdrawal by the council proved to be just the impetus needed for local retailers to get together and organise a much better event themselves.
One of the organisers – Justin Horton of the Funky Monkey children’s wear shop said “What a night! The town saw a great turn out, despite the weather, and many of the shops were well supported and had bumper sales.”
Long established Penarth jewellers Rowleys said “ It was the best late night event in 14 years” .
Sian Fox – who runs the eponymous Foxy’s restaurant and delicatessen in Station Approach said it was the “best ever”.
In Station Approach were entertained by a jazz band and the Penarth Community Choir sang a selection of Christmas songs and carols in Windsor Road.
As last year, there weren’t many councillors to be seen around town – but this time they did have an alibi – there was a council meeting on last night.