SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck MP has reaffirmed her election campaign pledge to support independent retailers and promote the town centre.
Tomorrow, she will host South Shields Saturday to encourage people to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their community.
Ms Lewell-Buck has been working in conjunction with South Tyneside Council to promote local businesses and encourage visitors to come and see what South Shields has to offer.
Throughout the day there will be live events including street music and theatre, as well as a market selling locally produced crafts, foods and Christmas gifts.
Customers can benefit from free car parking on the day by redeeming their parking tickets at several stores in the town.
The MP has also organised a range of discounts and special offers to the public on the day.
The vouchers will be available to collect from Emma on King Street between 11:00 a.m. and 12 noon and will be for use in stores such as Dicksons and Northern Threads.
The day will also include a children’s competition in South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, with a chance to win a collection of books signed by comedian and Little Britain star David Walliams.
Entrants will be asked to write down the reasons why they love South Shields, and a winning entry will be drawn on the day by Emma and Santa Claus.
Ms Lewell-Buck said: “Shields has a fantastic range of shops offering a huge variety of goods and services for local people and visitors.
“But with small businesses suffering under the Coalition and Government cuts to local authority funding, we need to do more to promote our local area and keep our town centre bustling.
“That means attracting visitors, but also making sure local people are aware of all the great shops and attractions they have right here on their doorstep.
“Events like South Shields Saturday help to highlight the best that our town has to offer, and I encourage people to come to the town centre on Saturday to support local businesses and our local economy.
“We also need more to be done to help the small businesses that are at the heart of our community.
Labour wants to cut business rates for the small and medium-sized firms that make up 97 per centy of businesses in our country, while Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze stands to save businesses an average of £1,800 a year.
“That’s the kind of action we need to breathe new life into town centres.”