THE success of the sunny weather, which brings thousands of visitors flocking to the area, provided a welcome boost to traders.

Many of the tourists will have been staying in hotels, guesthouses, campsites and bed and breakfast establishments across Burnham and Highbridge.

When they weren’t heading to the beach or the leisure parks they will have taken the opportunity to see what the local shops had to offer.

Many people in Highbridge will doubtless have been paying the same shops a visit, but it is undoubtedly true that others take for granted what is right on their doorstep.

Next time, before you get in your car to head to Weston or further up the M5 to Bristol to shop, consider what is available right here in Highbridge.

The town’s retail area may be small, but it packs in a huge variety of businesses.

It obviously has convenience stores, and food and drink outlets, but many other traders offer a wide range of services.

They include tool firms, IT businesses, bike shops, tattoo studios, garages and European food sellers.

By shopping locally, you could save a pretty penny by grabbing bargains and saving on fuel, AND you will be supporting local traders in this tough economic climate.