Forget Black Friday – Thursday evening is the time to visit Marlborough’s shops

Written by Peter Davison.

Lights by Julie WetherellLights by Julie WetherellForget Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Marlborough traders will be throwing open their doors this Thursday evening for a late night shopping experience.

The event gives discerning shoppers the opportunity to browse around dozens of shops in a relaxed atmosphere, free from the bustle of a normal working day and under the radiance of the Christmas lights.

Most shops taking part in the event will be opening until 8pm. Some will stay open a little longer.

All will offer special discounts and promotions, and many will be handing out mince pies and mulled wine to add to the atmosphere.

And, of course, parking is free throughout the town after 6pm.

The event was rubber-stamped at the inaugural meeting of the town’s new Retail Forum. Around 25 business owners and managers agreed to stay open, and persuade their neighbours to do likewise, so there should be more than enough shops open to satisfy most Christmas shoppers.