Late-night Christmas shopping is planned

Karen Scrimshaw outside Marilyn and Melrose which is now in Narrowgate, Alnwick. Ref: JC M and M 1
Karen Scrimshaw outside Marilyn and Melrose which is now in Narrowgate, Alnwick. Ref: JC M and M 1

A rallying cry has been made to businesses in Alnwick to join in with a late-night shopping initiative in the run-up to Christmas.

Karen Scrimshaw, of Narrowgate-based Marilyn and Melrose, is co-ordinating the festive scheme, which would see traders throwing open their doors until 8pm on Thursdays.

She wants to kick off the seasonal shopping scheme towards the end of the month, possibly October 23, and is hoping as many traders as possible will register their interest.

A number of ideas are being drawn up, including a Christmas shopping trail featuring the businesses who join in, introducing discounts and incentives, as well as offering refreshments, to entice late-night shoppers.

Karen, who runs the shabby chic, retro and vintage studio with husband Paul, said: “I am hoping that a lot of shops will get involved in this.

“The more businesses that take part, the better it can be for everybody, both for the retailers and the people that are shopping.

“This isn’t just about the businesses, but local people getting involved and utilizing what is in their locality.”

Karen says that she has already spoken to a number of businesses about the late-night openings and has received decent feedback so far.

Lisa Aynsley, of newly-opened Hotspur 1364, on Narrowgate, is coming on board.

She said: “I think it is a really cool idea. There are some really great shops in Alnwick and late-night shopping in the run-up to Christmas will hopefully encourage people to shop locally.”

Meanwhile, Julie Robinson, of Regram Runway, on Narowgate, as well as Bondgate Without-based The Emporium added: “I think this will help the local traders.”

Any businesses who would like to register their interest should email Karen at