ANDREA MORGAN (58), of Moorgate, said: “I think it’s disgusting. It’s just the kind of hair-brained scheme I’d expect Rotherham Borough Council to support. Perhaps they should have some local citizens come up with something a little bit more sensible. I’m sure that the midsummer Christmas will get people into town but I don’t think it’s anything approaching a long-term solution.”
MARK JUDGE (42), of Eastwood, said: “I suppose there’s a chance the idea might drag a few people in and that can’t be a bad thing. Rotherham is like a ghost town. So many shops have shut recently. I hear that the rent on many of the shops have come down to try and keep businesses alive and hopefully this will bring another boost. At least someone is coming up with ideas. They might as well give it a try and see what happens.”
CARL SMITH (27), of Kimberworth Park, said: “It’s a good idea. Christmas in the sunshine sounds like a great idea. It’s definitely the sort of thing I could see myself getting involved with. Anything to inject a bit more life and colour. I come into town quite a lot but this might be just the thing to spice things up a little bit and get others coming along as well.”
GARY JONES (36), of Treeton, said: “It isn’t Christmas at the end of the day. We have enough of that towards the end of the year, when the shops start trying to cash-in around the start of October, without having more of it in the summer. I’m not really into brass bands and I don’t think I’d bother to come along to see the decorations. The more obvious thing that would attract more people into town would be better shops. That’s what shoppers want.”
NATALIE TRUNDLER (26), of Treeton, said: “It’s a bit odd. Why aren’t they trying to do something to celebrate summer rather than reminding people of winter and making them feel cold. It could attract some more people and attention to what’s happening in the town centre, but I can’t say that it’s something that would appeal to me. It all sounds a bit silly.
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