Red double decker proves a hit on Shop Sodbury day

December 20 2015

AT least 150 people hopped aboard a red Routemaster bus to make the most of an event aimed at attracting more shoppers into Chipping Sodbury.

Shoppers prepare to board the Routemaster at the TIC on Small Business Saturday

AT least 150 people hopped aboard a red Routemaster bus to make the most of an event aimed at attracting more shoppers into Chipping Sodbury.
The bus was used to ferry people into the town centre from a free overflow car park at the site of aggregates firm Hanson on Small Business Saturday.
The nationwide scheme was set up after Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce established its own Shop Local, Shop Sodbury campaign to highlight the number of independent traders in the town.
But the chamber linked into the project and making use of the bus service helped give the day an added boost.
Photographer Rich McDonough, acting chairman of the chamber, said the day went well, with 50 specially produced Chipping Sodbury shopping bags given out. Each contained a loaf from the town’s Hobbs House bakery or, for children, biscuits made by the family firm.
Carol Maidment, owner of Purple Parrott toy shop, said the bus helped shoppers get into the High Street and provided a fun ride for families.
She said: “Chipping Sodbury was buzzing, thanks to volunteers from Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, the 1st Chipping Sodbury Scout Group and, of course, the shops.”
 Anyone running a business in the town who is interested in joining the chamber should email membership secretary Laura Lee Phillips at admin@sodburychamber.co.uk for more information.