A campaign to promote independent businesses in Burntisland was launched on Saturday with a flash of inspiration!
Totally Locally, a nationwide initiative to show the value of local shopping, kicked off on Saturday lunchtime with the help of bagpipe players, a local MSP, and an surprise in the shape of a flash mob!
The mob was led by local trader Jinti Wight-Boycott from The Space Upstairs, who said that the event, which saw the start of the ‘Fiver Fest’ in the town, had begun slowly.
“It was quiet to begin with,” she said, ‘‘‘but once the pipers started playing they drew a big crowd.
“Claire Baker MSP officially launched the event and unveiled the map which visual artist Tania Savage had put together with logos for all businesses in the town - not just those taking part in the campaign.”
The flash mob had rehearsed the week before to the tune ‘Dancing Tonight’ and used the practice of Nia, which is taught in the town by instructor Karen Small.
“I started it and was joined by people we had planted. Then we crossed the road and were joined by more plants. It was really good fun!
Ms Baker said it had been a “great honour” to officially launch the event and praised the traders for the work they had put in.
“The campaign has been successful throughout the UK and it is a great opportunity to promote the local businesses that have signed up,” she said.
“The ‘Fiver Fest’ is a great idea to get locals using the High Street - I took the opportunity to buy some fresh veg and eggs from Whinnieknowe, fish from Imrie’s fishmongers, cakes from Miss Attie’s and enjoyed lunch at Food for Thought.
“Credit must go to the local volunteers who made the launch on Saturday such a success.”
Lorna Duffin from Potter About, one of the driving forces behind the campaign, was delighted with the response.
She said: “I did a quick tour of the High Street on Wednesday morning and most of the traders I spoke to said that they’d had more people in than they would usually. We have certainly been busier than normal.
“People have also been giving lots of positive feedback saying how good it is to see local traders all working together, which is what we wanted.”
The campaign draws to a close on Saturday with Clothes Swap in The Space Upstairs on Saturday night from 7.00 p.m.
Tickets are £5 and any money made will go towards expenses occurred in setting up the ‘Totally Locally Burntisland’ website but Lorna said that there will be further events happening in the town.
For details call Jinti on 01592 873161 or 07773391801.