Free parking in Magherafelt draws in shoppers

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PARKING space in Magherafelt’s main car parks was hard to find this afternoon as hundreds of shoppers availed of the free parking as part of the Small Business Saturday initiative.

Magherafelt District Council recently agreed to pick up the bill - £1,200 - for parking on December 7 to help attract more visitors to the town.

One business owner told the MAIL that it was reminiscent of the last-minute rush traders’ get in the few days running up to Christmas.

Magherafelt Chamber of Commerce said the small business Saturday is a UK wide initiative providing small businesses with the opportunity to promote themselves and generate trade.

To coincide with the event, many businesses had special deals for customers.