Shaftesbury Christmas Spectacular a huge success!!

Shaftesbury Late Night Shopping event is a massive success thanks to a real community effort.



Friday’s spectacular event saw huge crowds turn out to see James May turn on the Christmas lights.

The event was organised by Shaftesbury and District Chamber of Commerce who need to thank a huge number of people for making it happen (and anyone we’ve inevitably missed off the list- your contribution is still appreciated!) So take a deep breath – here goes…

Thanks go to: Chamber members, friends and families who turned out to decorate the trees, and the many shops and businesses who paid for the many smaller trees, which were provided and delivered by the Cooper family.

SSE for providing the cherry picker and particularly John Maynard and Paul Wright who spent all Sunday up in it wiring the lights on.

Ray Humphries MBE, Tom Whiteford and James Thrift for getting the lights working.

For generous contributions and help: Kavanagh Roofing, Virginia Hayward, Peter Harding Wealth Management, Stalbridge Linen, Blackmore Vale Dairy, MacLachlan Solicitors, Rutter’s Solicitors, Bargains, Adrian Thompson Accountants, Shirley Allum Fashions, Blanchard Bailey, The Grosvenor Arms, Jackson-Stops and Staff, Gold Hill Antiques, Andrews and Palmer, and Bill Sherriff RE.

Thanks go to Cassie from Fork and Flowers and Sharon from the Toy Box for organising the window dressing competition despite being so busy at this time of year. Rob Neely of the Dorset Store was the worthy winner having borrowed his Mother’s Victorian fireplace!

Thanks go to Perry and Sons for illuminating Gold Hill. Poultons Portables for Santa’s grotto, Robin Goodall for building the sleigh, and Steve Pocock from SAC for spotlighting Santa. RR Elite for providing the vintage Rolls Royce. St Peter’s Church for allowing Santa to land on their roof and Syd Guppy of Imprint Graphics for not only providing the PA but also the signs and banners.

Lions Club, Rotary, Dorset Marshalls, the Carnival, St John’s Ambulance, Andy Burton and Kevin Haime from Country Cars, and other friends and family who helped manage the huge crowd.

Robert Coles and family and the Fire Brigade for providing attractions along with the town choir and other entertainers, many dressed by Glad Rags of Semley Including co-owner Pam Goodall as Mother Christmas.   Thanks also go to the hundreds of children who made lanterns and joined in the parade.

The Chamber would also like to sincerely thank the Town Council and their staff for their support, illuminating the Town Hall and for building the big red lever.

Finally, massive thanks go to Johnnie Walker for keeping things rolling and to James May, who despite having just broken his right arm stayed until the end signing thousands of autographs. What a trooper!