The retail and hospitality heart of Minehead has shown real signs of renewed life since the unlocking process began on the 12th April, but over the bank holiday weekend it really got back into gear with the return of bunting and hanging baskets displays around the town centre.
New bunting and over 140 hanging baskets have been purchased and hung in the town by Minehead BID the organisation made of over 240 businesses responsible for promoting, marketing and sprucing up the look of the town.
Welcoming visitors and encouraging hesitant residents to shop, eat and drink in the town has been the focus of all businesses and those responsible for the smooth running of the town for the past few months.
“It is all about working together” said Jon Lee from Stuarts Home Furnishers and a Minehead BID Director who headed up this year’s bunting project. “BID did the preparation, but it was Minehead Town Councillors who turned out on Friday evening to help install the bunting, manage traffic and keep the process moving. We hope it has worked and people like the look. We just wanted to give our visitors that happy carnival feel.”
Councillors Anne Lawton and Terry Venner from Minehead Town Council who helped out on Friday said: “The bunting and flower displays in place around the town have really added an extra dimension to the centre as both a holiday destination and a beautiful place for residents to enjoy and take pride in. Minehead Town Council is delighted to collaborate with Minehead BID to achieve this and we welcome the opportunity to work in close partnership on other projects in the future, as far more can be achieved for the benefit of the town than both organisations working individually.”
New supply contracts between Minehead BID, Minehead Town Council and Somerset West and Taunton Council have meant this year’s enhanced roll-out of flower displays could start in time to capture the whole season. A doubling of hanging baskets outside shops, and new planters around the town will colour-up the centre and it is hoped this will complement existing displays and make the flower display one of the best for many years.
“We are pleased our continuing constructive working relationship with both the Town and District Councils continues to bring the best results for Minehead”, added Andrew Hopkins, Minehead BID Manager. “It is gratifying to see new businesses opening and a real buzz returning to our High Street. We look forward to a busy season ahead.”