AFTER decades of decline, Lanark’s wee shops start their BIG fightback on Saturday.
Under the banner Totally Locally Lanark, the small businesses which are still the heart and soul of town trade are asking Lanarkians to spend their money in their own burgh.
The organisers are claiming that, if every Lanarkian spends just an extra £5 a week in Lanark itself, it will add up to a massive £2 million a year boost to the town economy.
Created as an off-shoot of the recently reformed Lanark Business Group, a spokesman for Totally Locally explained how Saturday’s event, with street entertainers – including Lanark Junior Panto, music and a special market in the Clydesdale Inn’s rear car park – is just the start of a long campaign to persuade people to show local loyalty.
There is to be a Fiver Fest with special £5 offers in most Lanark shops plus a shoppers’ Treasure Hunt and other special promotions.
Lanark-born life coach and best-selling author Ali Campbell will be in the Wallace Tearoom (formerly Daisies) to sign copies of his book Just Get On With It between 10am and 2pm.
Long term plans even include bringing back, after centuries, the town’s owm currency, the Lanark Merk, only exchangable in the Royal Burgh.
For more on this story pick up a copy of the Lanark Gazette which is in the shops now.