Shopkeepers break out the bunting - and the baskets

A flurry of red, white and blue will adorn a Bideford street in an attempt by traders to brighten up the town.

A STREET in Bideford has been emblazoned in red, white and blue, as traders come together to brighten the town with hanging baskets.

Rob Braddick, who owns several properties on the Cooper Street, including Crabby Dicks, instigated the project to install 45 hanging baskets along the shop-fronts.

Mr Braddick paid for the brackets and watering system for the flowers, and each shop bought their own basket from local nursery Merry Harriers, who installed the display on Wednesday.

Mr Braddick said: “I thought it would be nice to have the baskets going down Cooper Street, so that when Jubilee Square is done, people will look up from there and think how lovely it looks.

“We thought we would go for a red, white and blue theme to mark the Queen’s jubilee. and we hope by doing this, other areas will join in and tidy up the town.”

John Emms, owner of Lathwells and president of the Bideford and District Chamber of Commerce, said the street was a ‘prime example of a close knit business community.’

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He said: “We work together to enhance the area, and we are also very excited for the new Jubilee Square area which will greatly benefit not just Cooper Street, but the whole town.”

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