EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says it’s vital we shop local this December.

She said: “Small Business Saturday is this weekend 5th December and I will be out in Eastbourne buying as many presents as I can from our wonderful local retailers and crafters in support of independent shops.

It’s absolutely vital this year that everyone considers buying local otherwise these retailers, so badly hit by the pandemic, might not survive until next Christmas.

Please share the retail love all around our town on Saturday and all the days up to Christmas.

For those who want an idea of what’s available, I have joined forces with the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce to set up an online directory called Made in Eastbourne.

If you haven’t seen it already, it lists scores of local producers selling gifts, food, drink and services. Please go to www.madeineastbourne.co.uk and start shopping.”