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Barney Guild and Mercury launch Shop Local initiative


Local MP Helen Goodman, townspeople and retailers joined together on a blustery Saturday morning in Barney to launch a new campaign that asks people to ‘Shop Local’. The campaign has been launched by Barney Guild, the retail association alongside the Teesdale Mercury.

“The campaign is all about the community pulling together,” says Barnard Castle Vision Project Officer Annalisa Ward who heads up the retail guild.

“I don’t think anyone wants to see us lose any more shops in the town and the Barney Guild is working hard to create a more attractive retail environment for people but obviously we are in difficult economic times at present. The ‘Shop Local’ campaign is about asking people to support the local economy and rather than shopping elsewhere to switch even one shopping trip to Barnard Castle or explore a few more shops while people are in the town.”

The campaign has been launched following the loss of several key shops in the town.  Shop Local will be an ongoing campaign to raise awareness amongst local people that by shopping more regularly in the town, wherever possible, they can really make a difference to the Barnard Castle economy and ensure a thriving and diverse town centre.

“It’s a great way of supporting the town and it reflects that fact that we all want Barnard Castle to be a bustling, thriving market town full of interesting and attractive shops,” said David Sumner, the owner of Chocolate Fayre.

Stuart McFarlane of McFarlane Butchers agrees: “ We all need to support local businesses and look after each other,” he says. “The Shop Local campaign is important because it will help keep Barnard Castle the busy town that it’s always been and will help prevent the town losing other shops from the high street.”