Dunbar’s traders are hoping to build on the success of last year in their bid to continue to put the town on the map as a tourist destination.
They held their first meeting of the New Year last week and a spokesman for the Dunbar Trades’ Association said: “Perhaps what many people don’t realise is that the DTA is a collective body of trades’ which seek to improve our local community, working tirelessly behind the scenes to make Dunbar an attractive place to visit and live.
“The DTA work to promote Dunbar, contacting more than 250 national coach companies in the past 12 months to promote the town as the place to be. With promotion taking place at major events across Scotland from the Highland Show to the Fringe festival we have put Dunbar on the map as a tourist destination.
“This year over 50,000 Discover Dunbar brochures have been distributed across the globe. We have managed to get updates to signage on the A1 and Spott road areas which will point visitors to our historic town.”
Dunbar has a vibrant high street with a low vacancy rate for shops, a wide choice of items which can be sourced locally and some innovative and creative shops which give us great choice when shopping, eating or enjoying our spare time. The reason independent traders are so important to a small town is that they attract and retain money in the local economy, through jobs, support for good causes, investment in infrastructure.
Using your high street instead of your supermarket or nearest city helps improve the services you see locally, attracts new businesses and services and helps our town prosper in these difficult economic times. Not forgetting that the people who operate the shops, cafes and services are local families, your neighbours and your friends.
This year saw the long awaited launch of the Dunbar.org.uk website, a place for people to find information about what there is to eat, buy and enjoy in and around Dunbar.