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Ryedale Festivities campaign was a resounding success with 131 nominations received

Ryedale District Council’s ‘Ryedale Festivities’ campaign for a safe, supportive and greener holiday season received wonderful and festive engagement from citizens and local businesses alike.

The campaign shone its festive light on local businesses that offered good COVID-19 safety measures and had done their bit to raise festive cheer for both their customers and staff across Ryedale.

The spotlight got underway in Helmsley and finished in Pickering, with stops each week, including Kirkbymoorside, Malton and Norton.

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Place and Resources at Ryedale District Council said:

"We recognise it has been a difficult few years, especially for local businesses and so we wanted to showcase the brilliant local businesses we have out there during the holiday season.

"So we put it to the public to nominate local businesses for festive cheer and good COVID-19 safety measures - the end results have done Ryedale proud.

"This campaign has helped reassure citizens that they can play their part against COVID-19, whilst shopping safely in local businesses across the district. It protects the local economy in these challenging times."

Councillor Dinah Keal, Chair of Policy and Resources Committee for Ryedale District Council said:

"I've been reading the articles showcasing local businesses each week and have been totally bowled over by the wonderful festive cheer. The best bit is, it’s all available on our doorstep.

"It fills me with great pride to call Ryedale my home because this campaign has shown what great local community oriented businesses we have out there. They are doing their bit to provide a top-notch experience and produce that we can all be proud of.

"The amount of festive cheer this campaign has showcased demonstrates what a strong resilient place Ryedale is, even in the face of adversity as we mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.”

Mandy Avison, Owner of Cedarbarn farm shop said:

"This campaign was a lot of fun that in itself has been great - it has raised morale in the local business community after a challenging few festive periods.

"We've had all sorts of interest in our business since the campaign got underway and we were nominated.

“A big thank you to Ryedale District Council from us and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all our customers."

The campaign has been funded by the Welcome Back fund and European Union Regional Development Fund.