Monday, 26 July 2010

Stromnessians, Shop!

Saturday saw the closing night of Stromness shopping week, a yearly event which has been going since 1949. The event was conceived by the newly formed Stromness and West Mainland Chamber of Commerce to attract shoppers to the burgh and it has been going strong ever since.

For more history, click here to be taken to the official shopping week web site.

One of the best known traditions is that of crowning a Shopping Week Queen during the opening ceremony.

Ann Crawford

Carol Meldrum

Doris Leask

Elisabeth Guthrie

Sheena Petrie

Karen Swanney

I had a look at the 1949 Orcadian for late July to see what was said about the 1st Shopping week. The headline will have seemed perfectly normal in its day, but it seems quite uncompromising to a modern reader:

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