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Celebrate your local shops at the Barkingside High Street Indie Festival

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 27 June 2017

Local Resident and 'Active Community Member' Harvey Sharpe (sat front left) pictured with Ros Southern Event coordinator from Sophia Hubs, with local retailers and pets from Catwalk, Sambal Express, Patricija and Coffee Time.

Local Resident and 'Active Community Member' Harvey Sharpe (sat front left) pictured with Ros Southern Event coordinator from Sophia Hubs, with local retailers and pets from Catwalk, Sambal Express, Patricija and Coffee Time.

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Have you ever wandered down your local high street and realised you visit, or know of, less than half the shops in the area?

If that is the case next week you will be given the chance to sample and learn more about the hidden gems of your high street when the Barkingside High Street Indie Festival kicks of as part of Independent Retailer Month - which takes place throughout July.

A number of independent retailers will be selling their wares at stalls set up for the festival - which will be held on Tuesday, July 4, at Ken Aston Square, High Street, from midday to 5pm.

The event has been organised by Sophia Hubs and festival coordinator Ros Southern explained why she decided to bring the event to Redbridge and what people can expect on the day.

“I chose Barkingside because it’s a pretty lively high street with loads of independent shops and the town square is not being used much - it’s the perfect place,” said Ros.

“It’s great that the shops are willing to try out something new and hopefully find more customers. They have been fascinated and interested and really creative in what they are going to do.

“There is a Lithuanian shop that will be giving tasters away to entice people to come to their shop.

“Catwalk is going to have a doggie paddling pool and inflatable tropical trees.

“The new florist is going to get people to plant flower seeds to grow on their balconies or gardens.

“The food shops will be serving food and The Chequers Pub is doing teas and coffees and nice cakes.

“We are expecting at least 20 shops and a bit of a buzz.”

Research, by independentretailermonth.co.uk, shows that for every £1 spent in independent shops 50p to 70p is circulated back into the local economy and Ros says this is why it’s important to support local shop owners.

“We want to celebrate the amazing diversity of independent shops in Barkingside,” said Ros. “It’s important to celebrate what we have and do what we can to bring the shops more customers and stop shops closing down.”

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