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Chance to win huge hamper of goodies during a walk about town

PUBLISHED: 16:14 13 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:14 13 March 2020

Jamie Grimson, store manager at Hughes and member of Dereham Retail Group, says the town must ensure businesses are active in the community. Picture: Archant

Jamie Grimson, store manager at Hughes and member of Dereham Retail Group, says the town must ensure businesses are active in the community. Picture: Archant

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Visitors to Dereham’s town centre could soon scoop themselves a hamper full of goodies as part of a unique treasure trail.

Harris Hardware in Dereham Market Place, is taking part in the Stranger in the Window trail. Picture: Julie ChaseHarris Hardware in Dereham Market Place, is taking part in the Stranger in the Window trail. Picture: Julie Chase

The Stranger in the Window initiative will see a number of businesses within the town put an object from their shop into the window of another.

People taking part in the trail will then be asked to look at the items and decide which items belongs where.

Dereham Retail Group is behind the idea and its chairman Jamie Grimson, who is also the store manager at Hughes, based in Nelson Place, hoped it would encourage more people into the town.

He said: 'It's good to see businesses in the town coming together.

'If people want to take part in the Stranger in the Window then I would say to them to come and get a form and get involved.

'We will explain to people taking part what they need to do as it has been designed as a bit of fun and to get people out and about in the town.'

The trail begins on Monday, March 16 and will run through until Easter Monday, April 13.

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Forms will be handed out, with an explanation of how the trail works, and can be picked up from Hughes, Harris Hardware in Market Place, and Vogue in Norwich Street.

People who complete the trail, and get the most correct answers, will then get the opportunity to win a hamper made up of items and vouchers donated from the businesses on the trail.

So far, a total of 26 retailers in the town have confirmed they will be taking part.

Mr Grimson, who became store manager back in September, has spoken before about the importance of the high street.

Speaking about the town previously, he said: 'I've noticed a real shift, in that people have started talking about supporting their local businesses.

'People are now actually thinking 'if I don't use my high street, I will lose my high street'. That's a great first step and hopefully in 10 years' time we'll be absolutely thriving.

'If we can do everything in one place, people will be happy. The hard bit is making sure businesses appeal to a wide variety of people.'


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