Rhyl's shoppers hit 100,000


Matt Jones

ALMOST 100,000 shoppers visited Rhyl’s High Street in the week leading up to Christmas.

New figures show despite doom and gloom surrounding retailers nationally the town attracted 99,965 people - four times the town’s population - in the week beginning December 17.

A number of events were held throughout the festive period organised by Rhyl town centre manager Malcolm Hall.

Mr Hall, who took up the post last year, said: “It is encouraging to see a good increase in footfall within the town, particularly at this important trading time for retailers.

“I am sure that Rhyl’s first Christmas magazine together with daily entertainments which included, bands, carol singers, costume characters,

Snow Globe, Coastal Hawks and free hot chestnuts all contributed to attracting shoppers and getting them in the festive mood.

“The footfall camera counts the number of people passing the camera 24 hours per day and this information will help to ascertain how the town centre is performing on an on-going basis.”

The week leading up to Christmas saw the highest footfall figures since the installation of the footfall camera in High Street at the end of August.

Friday, December 21, was the busiest shopping day with 22,129 visitors followed by Christmas Eve with 19,898.

Rhyl town councillor Janette Hughes, who represents the Bodfor ward, said:

“The figures are very encouraging.

“I think the market also helps the footfall and the events that have been put on definitely contributed.

“The more people that come to Rhyl to shop, the better for the town.

“I think things are picking up.”

Mr Hall is planning further events for February half-term for Chinese New Year, pancake races for Shrove Tuesday and events for Valentines Day.

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