Dunbar traders show they have a lot to offer

Dunbar Trades' Association hosted a great exhibition event to highlight the wide variety of retail and amenities on offer in Dunbar.'Iain, Fiona and Patricia
Dunbar Trades' Association hosted a great exhibition event to highlight the wide variety of retail and amenities on offer in Dunbar.'Iain, Fiona and Patricia

Dunbar Traders’ Association hosted an exhibition event on Saturday to highlight the wide variety of retail and amenities on offer in Dunbar.

Putting on street entertainment and having a small business showcase in the historical Town House drew visitors from a wide area.

With live music, Thistly Cross mulled cider and mince pies straight out of the newly refurbished kitchen of the Dunmuir Hotel and the Royal Mackintosh there was plenty to tempt people on a cold winters day.

Shoppers were encouraged to purchase their Christmas gifts and sample the delights of the cafés with Lorraine Ferguson from Graze Coffee and Chocolate House organising a team of buskers to add ambience to our widely paved high street, before enjoying free gift wrapping from Patricia of Bloomia Florists.

An early morning visit was made by East Lothian MSP Iain Gray alongside his colleague MP Fiona O’Donnell, and Councillor Michael Veitch was there for the duration of the morning greeting and meeting locals as they came to see the small business expo.

A true advocate for small business Michael said: “I was delighted to support small business Saturday in Dunbar. We are extremely fortunate to have such a rich variety of high quality local businesses in the town and I congratulate all the traders who participated.”

The exhibitors on the day were Scottish Gifts 4U, Belhaven Bikes, Lucy Spratt Music Tuition, Belhaven Smokehouse, East Lothian Life and PJ Design, Bloomia Florists, Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers, Dunmuir Hotel and Dunbar’s latest soon to be addition to the High Street, Vinyl Frontier.

Other local businesses made huge efforts to draw custom with great offers from Graze Coffee and Chocolate House, Bass Rock Gallery, Dunbar T-Shirt Shop, 1650 Café and Wee Red Boutique who were resident at Dunbar’s Pop Up Shop.

Steven Hill, chairman of the Trades Association said: “I would like to personally thank everyone, both business owners and customer who put the effort in today. It’s often at this time of year we forget what Christmas is about, which is community.

“Those of us who work in small businesses aren’t looking to get rich, we simply want to feed our families and put a roof over our heads. We don’t have wealthy shareholders, our customers are our shareholders and those are the people we strive to make happy. When shopping small you are creating a better environment for your family to grow up in and thankfully here in Dunbar we are blessed with one of the best high streets in the UK. I look forward to working on plans for an even bigger spectacle next year.”