Ripon traders are declaring “independence” this week.
Monday, July 4 is the first national “Independents Day” being promoted by TV’s Queen of Shops and government high street advisor Mary Portas.
The event is a chance for independent traders to promote their businesses and encourage shoppers to buy at least one item from an independent high street retailer.
Shops will sport posters and brightly coloured red, white and blue balloons to show they are independent businesses taking part in the day.
Ripon Chamber of Trade and GRIP are both getting behind the initiative. Chamber of Trade Chairman Emma Ryan said the day is a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to discover the city’s independent shops.
At Ripon’s Deli on Duck Hill, pictured, owners Don and Sadie Grundy will be decking out their shop front with balloons and, later in the week, putting on a special “Kids in the Kitchen” demonstration for their younger customers.
Chef Gilly Robinson, famous as Rosemary Shrager’s right-hand woman, will be on hand on Wednesday, July 6, to guide children through some basic tasks and help them make something to take home for tea with the family.
“We hope it will fire the children’s imagination so we might be seeing budding Jamie Oliver,” said Don.
The demonstration starts at 4pm and runs for 30 minutes. Admission is free but space is limited so booking is necessary.
Gilly will be at the deli every Wednesday through the summer as “Kids in the Kitchen” grows and dishes will become more exciting.