By Kelly Wickham
There is still time to take part in the Countdown to Christmas campaign.
Councils, organisations, businesses and the Chichester Post have joined forces to support their local high streets and businesses by launching a very special Christmas campaign.
‘Countdown to Christmas’, which is being led by Chichester District Council, has received a fantastic response so far with stunning pictures and great comments.
From local shops, cafes and restaurants, to attractions, parks and businesses, residents and visitors have taken to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to celebrate their favourite parts of the district.
Some of the comments have included:
‘Selsey is a great place to live. We have our own fishing community, beautiful beaches, so peaceful and tranquil.’
‘Moved to Bracklesham on 20 December 2018 and did all my Christmas shopping in the wonderful East Wittering shops. I use them every week and will order my Christmas fare again this year.’
‘A fabulous place to go and shop, The choice of places to eat is top, the cathedral is gorgeous, a sight to behold, the theatre, a great treat for young and for old. And then there is Goodwood, the harbour and beach. The list is endless but it’s all within reach.’
‘I love the contrast of areas, we can drive into Chichester for shopping and dining with the children and enjoy Priory Park. Then closer to home we have all the beautiful South Downs to stroll through and enjoy, the wonderful events such as the open air cinemas, Goodwood races, Festival of Speed and Revival.’
‘Just simply the best place to live, with the cathedral, great shops, museum, harbour, South Downs and canal. I have lived abroad and elsewhere and wouldn’t leave ever again!’
If you haven’t taken part already, it’s not too late to get involved! The council is encouraging as many people as possible to post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to highlight what they love about the Chichester district, along with one of its special hashtags, before Monday, November 25.
Those who post before Monday will be entered to win a very special festive prize. The winner and their guest will be chauffeured round the district in a Rolls-Royce car as part of a luxury Christmas shopping day. They will receive a £150 Chichester gift card to go towards their purchases in Chichester city centre; a complimentary lunch for two at E.Street Bar & Grill with a welcoming glass of Nyetimber to the value of £120; and they’ll complete the day by watching ‘The Christmas Concerts’ with The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Two further people will win Chichester gift cards as runner-up prizes — £50 for second place and £30 for third to spend in Chichester city centre, courtesy of the Chichester Business Improvement District.
For more information, visit: chichester.gov.uk/countdowntochristmas