Shops geared for weekend blitz

Shop tills across Derry are expected to go into overdrive as the final shopping weekend before Christmas arrives.

Despite the ongoing financial chill, retailers are expecting a real surge in trade this weekend as the last minute buyers hit the streets.

City Centre Initiative Manager Jim Roddy says there’s been a great atmosphere in Derry’s retail districts in the past few weeks.

“I’ve been hearing some very positive feedback from retailers, despite the economic climate,” he said.

“There has been a lot of effort put in this year by all the partners and agencies involved to ensure the city is putting its best foot forward... As a city, Derry can’t be beat.”