Success for Mid Street Late Night Shopping Event

Between 3 and 8pm on Thursday 30th November 2017 happy shoppers and business owners could be found on Mid Street at the Late Night Shopping Event which was organised by United Keith.  Although similar events have been run in Keith previously this is the first Late Night Shopping Event and it was clear to see that this was a positive addition to Keith.

On descending down Mid Street you were met with a large number of visitors, it was maybe even busier than usual, and the majority of businesses, who were offering one off specials as well as some freebies, were lit up and bustling with activity.  It was so busy that it was nearly impossible to find a parking space on Mid Street.

In addition, Strathisla Pipe Band piped Santa down Mid Street to his grotto in the Pop Up Shop where he spent the night meeting children.

   

Children were also given a chocolate or sweet selection box of their choice at no charge due to the kindness of KSRP.

   

Also in the Pop Up Shop were skilled balloon and face painting artists, Magic Faces by Jackie, who did a fantastic job of putting smiles on the faces of every child, as well as some Olaf’s!

The entries of the children’s colouring competition were also displayed in the Pop Up Shop so that everyone could see how much hard work so many local children had gone to.  Due to the high quality of entries Eve Kersley was given the very hard task of judging them and picking winners.  After careful consideration the winners of the competition were declared as :

Age 3-7 years : 1st Conner Milne aged 6, 2nd Lexi Currie aged 5 and 3rd Arthur Dorsett aged 6.
Age 7-12 years : 1st Lucy Mark aged 9, 2nd Marc McHardy aged 11 and 3rd Lara Logan aged 9.

 

There was also a raffle run by United Keith to win £100, £50 and £25 vouchers to spend in participating shops in Keith  These were won by Sara McWilliam, Marguerite Cruickshank and Paul McBain respectively.  Ticket sales from the raffle generated a healthy profit of £216.

In addition to the shops, businesses and Pop Up Shop of Mid Street being open there was also a Craft Fair in the North Kirk Hall.  This was well attended and featured a number of local businesses including Glendinning Melts, Leafy Laine, Dogstar Cards, Crooked Neuk and Favour-it Flavours.

 

United Keith would like to  take this opportunity to thank both The Deli and Tesco for displaying and collecting the children’s colouring entries, Eve Kersley for judging the colouring competion, all the local businesses involved in the event, everyone who supported the event by sharing on social media, in local press and displaying adverts, Sally from Shears for dressing the Pop Up Shop windows (the displays will remain until the New Year), Iain Donaldson (window cleaner) for washing the Pop Up Shop windows, Santa for giving his time and listening to present requests, KSRP for supporting the event and hosting the event held in the Pop Up Shop, the North Kirk for their support and to all the stallholders at the Craft Fair, to everyone who purchased United Keith raffle tickets, Robbie Simpson of Isla Brig Images for donating his time and taking photos on the night and to Linda Gorn of Keith Kilt and Textile Centre for her organisational skills.

A special thanks also goes to staff at the Clydesdale Bank for running a raffle and raising an amazing £300 which will be put towards United Keith’s funds for future events, and to the Strathisla Pipe band who put on an amazing display which included first time outings for some of the younger band members.

Due to the success of this event it is hoped to become an annual event which, based on the atmosphere on Thursday night, would be welcomed by all businesses and shoppers and be a great addition to the festive calendar.

Photos courtesy of Isla Brig Images