CAMILLE BERRIMAN: Town ticks all the gift-buying boxes

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Newsflash! Christmas is coming. Okay, so this may be stating the obvious, because there’s already no getting away from it.

As soon as the calendar ticked over into November, the annual commercial onslaught of Christmas began.

‘Holidays are coming’ chanted a familiar soft drinks manufacturer in its advertisement, as a red lorry came into view on my television screen. Then it was time to reach for the tissues as cute animated animals reduced me to tears, all thanks to this year’s advert for the ‘never knowingly undersold’ department store.

Then the supermarkets quickly cleared their shelves of pumpkins and Hallowe’en paraphernalia and loaded them with advent calendars and chocolate selection boxes.

All this means it’s time to start thinking about the annual exchange of gifts, which inevitably means hitting the shops. And where better to tick all those presents off the list than Bury St Edmunds?

A decade ago a pre-Christmas gift-buying mission to Cambridge, Norwich or London was inevitable, but not anymore. Now, thanks to our buzzing town centre there’s no need to go further afield.

The combination of old and new town centres, and not forgetting Abbeygate, St John’s, Whiting, Hatter and Risbygate streets (among others) means we are now incredibly well served for independent and High Street retailers. As a result, I should be able to cater for even the most difficult people to please (I’m talking about you here Mum) without leaving my home town. And then there’s the annual Christmas Fair at the end of this month, where I normally manage to get a few unusual stocking fillers.

So it was great to read in last week’s Bury Free Press that a pop-up gallery will be adding even more to the town’s offering this festive season. Elsey’s Gallery opened this week, just off Risbygate Street. It specialises in British crafts, paintings, prints, sculptures and textiles. I haven’t been in yet, but I’ve added it to my ‘to-do’ list. Who knows, maybe in one visit I will be able to tick off Mum’s gift and more.Here’s hoping!