Traders head to One Stop Shop

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If battling your way through busy city streets or shopping centres sounds too much like hard work, an event in Dunbar could be your Christmas godsend.

After an extremely successful first year, the One Stop Shop is returning to the Bleachingfield Centre next Saturday.

The idea behind the event, dreamnt up by Carrie Dunbar and Emma Doyle, is that you can get everything you need for the festive season under one roof.

Gifts such as clothes, jewellery and toiletries can be purchased on the day while orders for Yuletide food - including the all important turkey - and drink can be placed to avoid any last minute panic nearer the time and Christmas trees can also be reserved.

Traders from north Northumberland and Berwickshire are ready to set out their stalls at the event, among them Rachel Hammond of Hammond Charcuterie in Eyemouth.

Rachel specialises in curing rare breeds meats and is hoping her goods will tickle people’s tastebuds who are looking for a luxury alternative to typical Christmas cuisine.

“The big difference in my meats is that they are not mass produced,” she explained.

“Every cut that comes into my workshop is treated with care.

“I know which parts to take from which animal to get the best meat out of them.

“I use wild garlic and fresh herbs for my meats which helps them to be an antidote to too much confectionary and turkey!”

Another stallholder is Alex Warmington from Cornhill and her business The Ginger Duck.

Alex has a growing customer base thanks to her homemade candles and soaps and another local favourite is Kikis Chocolates, whose tasty treats were very popular with One Stop Shop customers last year.

*One Stop Shop will run from 10am-4pm at the Bleachingfield on Saturday, November 2.