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Plans promise to be angelic this Christmas in Helmsley

Town announces new Angel Festival and fourth annual celebrations for Small Business Saturday

Helmsley is to host a brand new event this Christmas – and it promises to be a heavenly one.

The Angel Festival will launch on 3rd December, to coincide with Small Business Saturday, and run until the 12th Night.

Inside and out, the town will be taken over by a host of angels of all shapes and sizes  – with businesses, residents and local organisations all getting involved. Helmsley in Business, the organisation behind the event, is running Willow Angel Workshops in September to help people create angelic masterpieces, but others will be making angels out of anything from flowers and cakes to lights and performance art.

The festival will also involve a family friendly hunt for one missing angel, who likes to play hide and seek. People finding Rory the Angel in his various hiding places around town will be encouraged to pose for a selfie for the chance to win prizes.

Helmsley will also continue its long-standing support of Small Business Saturday, the grassroots campaign which encourages people to support local businesses. The town will be hosting a day of activities, special offers and competitions on 3rd December, treating residents and locals to a bit of fun, as well as helping them to do a spot of Christmas shopping. The town’s Duncombe Sawmill has been chosen as one of the Small Biz 100 – 100 businesses around the country who represent the campaign.

Helmsley in Business committee member Jacky Pickering, from The Stick Man, is running the Willow Workshops, alongside Helen Teasdale from RED Taxis and Rhian Crusher at Celebrate Country Cake Design. Jacky said: “We’re very excited to be introducing the Angel Festival for the first time this year. It should be something very special and will make an amazing sight for visitors to the town this December. We really hope everyone gets behind it, and would love all businesses and residents to join in and bring their own take to the angel theme. We’ve had to put on a second Willow Workshop due to the demand, so that shows how keen people are to get involved!

“We’re so lucky in Helmsley, the town is full of independent businesses which offer many things that a typical high street wouldn’t. It’s the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping, and to get in the festive spirit. Of course, there’s also plenty of places to eat and drink and warm up after a busy day, and lovely places to stay to make a weekend of it. That’s why we get behind Small Business Saturday every year – our independent businesses are what make the town so very special. It’s a day to really celebrate them and to say thank you to all of our loyal customers. It’s always one of the best days of the year in Helmsley!”

Small Business Saturday is already the UK’s most successful small business campaign. Now in its fourth year, last year it saw £623m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m (24 per cent) on the previous year.