Sadly as I write this final post for 2016, Pier Road’s Mooring’s Tea rooms has closed its doors, with proprietors, mother and daughter Kay and Hannah, heading to Cornwall for a well-earned rest.
There’s no doubt that this has been a very tough year for small independent businesses everywhere. We’re especially lucky here in Littlehampton to have such loyal customers who visit Pier Road and Littlehampton’s town centre and support our network of local shopkeepers (myself included) and restaurant owners.
May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your custom and support and beg of you to continue supporting your local small businesses, wherever you may be.
At times it’s difficult to see how town centres can survive given the fierce competition from online retailers, supermarkets and super-supermarkets that we now have in abundance in Littlehampton – pretty much located on every one of the four corners leading into our lovely seaside town.
Yet, despite it all, there’s a real feeling of positiveness amongst the local business owners that I speak to and on this positive note, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and every good fortune for the New Year.
If you’re spirit’s a bit broken or perhaps you’ve lost faith in the spirit of human nature, may I invite to you take a moment to listen to Kaylee Rogers, 10 years of age from Killard House School in Ireland singing with her classmates their own beautiful and haunting rendition of my favourite all time singer, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Kaylee who is autistic and ADHD has in 3-years gone from a girl who wouldn’t speak in front of her classmates to a powerful solo vocalist.
As always, thanks for reading, your comments welcome.