Independents’ Day celebrates Rushden’s hidden gems

Winner of the Independents' Day shop window competition, Junior Choice, as part of Get To Know Rushden

Winner of the Independents' Day shop window competition, Junior Choice, as part of Get To Know Rushden

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Traders offering a wide range of goods and services opened their doors on July 4 to celebrate Independents’ Day in their town.

Rushden’s Independents’ Day saw a host of shops across the town getting involved and showcasing what’s on offer to shoppers.

Winner of the Independents' Day shop window competition, Junior Choice, as part of Get To Know Rushden (2)

Winner of the Independents' Day shop window competition, Junior Choice, as part of Get To Know Rushden (2)

A number of stalls were set up in the High Street, sweet treats including icecream and candyfloss were on offer and there was musical entertainment, which led to some dancing in the street by those enjoying the sunshine.

People were invited to hunt for bucket and spade stickers left in shop windows around the town.

Many of these shops also took part in the best dressed window competition, which tied in with the seaside theme for the event organised by Rushden Town Partnership (RTP).

A team of judges, including Rushden mayor Richard Lewis and his wife Rita, spent more than an hour looking at the 18 shops which had taken time to transform their shop windows with seaside wares.

After careful consideration, first prize went to Junior Choice in Church Street for its display using figurines in a beach setting.

Second place went to Store 21 in the High Street, which created a display using various products it sells in-store.

The third place went to Extra Care, also in the High Street, where they had hand-picked items from the charity shop including some summer reads, beachwear and seaside pictures to make their display.

Independents’ Day was held on the first day of Get To Know Rushden, which runs until July 13, and aims to promote local groups, clubs and businesses in the town.