THE mayor for Oswestry has called on the town’s residents to support their local businesses in the build-up to Christmas.

Councillor Duncan Kerr believes it is vital to show support for local shops and traders to help them after what has been a difficult year.

Shropshire will be placed under Tier Two Covid-19 restrictions from Wednesday, meaning non-essential retail can resume service.

Cllr Kerr hopes people will take the opportunity to support businesses over the Christmas period and into the New Year.

He said: “Obviously I’m pleased we won’t be in Tier Three, but I think it’s going to be a difficult Christmas for people in Tier Two.

“At least shops can open and no doubt that is good news for local traders who at least get a chance to do some business in the run-up to Christmas.

“I’d urge all residents of Oswestry to support the local traders and keep them in business and keep the town going.”

Cllr Kerr feels it is more important now than ever to shop locally and help businesses through the remainder of the pandemic.

“It’s important every year but it’s vital this year,” he added.

“I know some of those traders are very close to the edge, and one or two more people shopping there could make a big difference.

“Now is the time to support the markets, support the local traders and support the shops.

“By giving them our support, and hopefully as we come through this with a vaccine next year, the businesses can stay with us and the town can grow again.”