Photos: New shop highlights Bideford’s offerings

Members of the Chamber of Commerce, Bideford Town Council, Torridge District Council and Atlantic Vi

Members of the Chamber of Commerce, Bideford Town Council, Torridge District Council and Atlantic Village Centre Manager Jane McLeod. - Credit: Archant

The venture by the Bideford Chamber of Commerce was officially launched at Atlantic Village on Saturday.

Bideford Town Mayor Simon Inch prepares to cut the red ribbon, with John Emms, president of the cham

Bideford Town Mayor Simon Inch prepares to cut the red ribbon, with John Emms, president of the chamber of commerce, and Mayoress Lorraine Inch. - Credit: Archant

A NEW ‘shop’ in Atlantic Village opened on Saturday to highlight what Bideford has to offer and drive visitors to the town.

Streetz Dance Group performing outside of the shop.

Streetz Dance Group performing outside of the shop. - Credit: Archant

Discover Bideford, which is located in the courtyard of the shopping centre, was led by the Bideford Chamber of Commerce, and forms a small part of its ‘Vision for Bideford’.

The shop features two television screens which will show around 300 rolling images of the town taken over the last 10 years by local photographer Graham Hobbs.

One of the screens will also show a feed from a new webcam being installed on Bideford Town Hall, which has been funded by the town council.


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Atlantic Village have provided the premises and costs free of charge, and the unmanned centre houses a range of maps, leaflets and DVDs about the town.

Bideford mayor, Simon Inch, officially cut the red ribbon, and said: “I hope the visitors to Atlantic Village will have a look and choose to come and visit the town.”

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John Emms, president of the Chamber of Commerce, gave a short speech at the opening and presented Atlantic Village centre manager Jane McCleod with a bouquet of flowers.

The cutting of the ribbon was followed by a street dancing performance by the Torrington Streetz Dance Group.

To see more photos of the opening and the Streetz crew performing, click the gallery in the top right of the page.

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