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Denbighshire Christmas shopping film launched

A magical festive tale is coming to Denbighshire this Christmas. Denbighshire County Council has produced a short film to highlight what is on offer for shoppers on local high streets during the festive period.
The two-minute clip features the story of a family completing their Christmas shopping in Denbighshire with all gifts bought from local traders in the county. The film also features a ‘magical’ twist, a special mystery star as well as giant six-foot teddy bear Carys, made especially for the video by Sarah Chapman of Bilberry Bears in Llandegla.
The video was launched on November 24 and is available to view on Denbighshire County Council’s website, YouTube and social media.
Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, said: “The aim of the video is to showcase the wealth of local businesses we have here in the county.
“Shoppers don’t have to leave the county to get what they need for Christmas, everything from bespoke gifts to everyday essentials are all available right here in Denbighshire.
“The film also features stunning aerial footage filmed across Denbighshire. Mark Davies, aged 56, is the owner of Rhuddlan Models, another location used in the film.
He said: “It is important to remind shoppers what is available in the locality. It is important to get that message out.
“People should give small businesses a chance. A lot of the time they sell products at the same price as online retailers but without postage costs. We offer a face to face service. If you buy from a local shop, the money stays local.”
As well as supporting local businesses by producing the Christmas video, Denbighshire County Council is offering free parking at council-run car parks after 3pm throughout December and is continuing to run its #LoveLiveLocal shopping campaign.

Be A Santa To A Senior

We have another date and location added to our ‘Be A Santa To A Senior’ initiative. will be in Tesco, Prestatyn on Tuesday 20th December, 10.00am- 8.00pm.
Our initiative is about getting presents to older people who will be on their own on Christmas Day.
The way it works is simple. The idea is to let people know that whilst they are busy Christmas shopping, if they were willing to buy an additional gift to donate to our initiative, we will ensure it gets to an older person spending Christmas alone.
Our Home Instead Senior Care team will be collecting donations in shopping centres on the following dates:
December 5-6th – 10am until 4pm- Bayview shopping Centre, Colwyn Bay
December 7-8th – 10am until 4pm- White Rose Centre, Rhyl
We then work with local community centres and charities to ensure those gifts are given to older people that are on their own on Christmas Day.
Last Christmas was the first time our office carried out the initiative, working with Red Cross who delivered the gifts to those who were on their own for Christmas. We were in the Bay View Shopping Centre for 3 days and it was an amazing success. Due to the number of donated gifts not only were we able to give to the Red Cross, but we were also able to give some to Glan Clwyd Hospital for the elderly who would still be in hospital on Christmas day.
This year we are working with Age Connect, Contact the Elderly, as well as the Red Cross once again.
We would love to have the same success again this year. This small gesture really does help to make someone’s Christmas day.
If you are not able to visit us whilst we are in the shopping centres but would like to donate a gift, please contact the office and we can arrange to collect it or alternatively you can pop it into our office in at 26 Market St. ,Abergele, LL22 7AA or phone 01745 772150.