SHOPPERS are encouraged to support Knutsford’s independent businesses and traders in the run-up to Christmas.

Free parking will be available for two Saturdays next month at all three car parks in the town centre.

Some 224 spaces will be available free of charge on Silk Street, King Street and Princess Street from 10am on December 9 and 16.

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This is part of a Cheshire East Council initiative to support town centres.

Sandra Curties, town centre manager at Knutsford Town Council said: “Our Christmas programme has something for everyone and our free parking Saturdays are a great way to take your time and shop in our wonderful town centre shops.”

“We urge shoppers to shop independent this year and have a ‘Knutsford Christmas’.

“Don’t forget Festive Sunday too on December 10, with brass bands, carol singing, an Elf on the Shelf plus a mini panto alongside mulled wine and festive treats.”

Local businesses will be getting into the festive spirit creating more Christmas window displays which will be judged by town mayor Cllr Peter Coan and Ian Cass of the Forum of Private Business on December 8.