Watching thousands of people turn our support Helston’s annual Christmas Lights switch-on event was a heartwarming occasion.
Yet I did wonder how many people only visit the town for the lights and Flora Day, and spend most of their cash with online retailers or out-of-town supermarkets.
The old adage “use it or lose it” is one worth repeating so I encourage everyone to support our town, and play a part in our community while helping to protect it.
Exchanging pleasantries while walking through the town centre and chatting with wonderful local characters is one of my greatest pleasures.
People often ask after my kids, share gossip and leave me with a feeling of belonging. I want my children to have the same experience when they grow up, although I fear future generations may never learn how to properly interact with real people in face-to-face situations.
Many seem unable to last much more than a minute without pulling out a device to check what a ‘friend’ is doing via social media – and plenty of adults are guilty of it too.
However, the real world is still a wonderful place and we are fortunate to live in a place where people care and enjoy passing the time of day.
I once heard a community defined as ‘a group of people we lean on when times are tough; our friends, family, and neighbours who are there for us when we need love, support and encouragement.’
The heart of Helston continues to beat strongly and there is a selection of great shops with unique products that can make perfect Christmas gifts.
So many of us live such busy lives that it could be beneficial to take half an hour to stroll through the town, mooch around the shops and savor the experience of interacting with people.
Sure, I hold my hands up to buying the odd few gifts online, and I will also buy some things from out of town, but not before first looking around Helston and seeing what can be found.
If everyone spent a few extra pounds in our local shops this Christmas it could give our retailers a supportive boost and help to preserve our community.