On the day that Lytham St Annes switched on their Christmas Lights and officially started the Festive Season, Sajjad spent the day supporting local businessman Peter Anthony, who is standing in the local government by-election for Clifton Ward, Fylde Council.
Peter and Saj spent the morning calling on local traders who are preparing for the Christmas trade, including Boutique 25 which was just established last month and Exquisite Shoes who have been trading for 3 generations.
Other businesses they called on included the unique Fascination perfumery. Started by 30 years ago, customers travel far and wide for Lynn Bramwell-Griffiths’ unique collection of high quality perfumes.
Timothy's Jewellers and Attire are family run businesses who are also well established in the town and Christine Chisholm at Heat of the Home has a wide range of cookery accoutrements. Lots of ideas for Christmas presents
Another new business to the town centre is Bond & Bloom, where partner Fiona and her assistant are creating wonderfully artistic arrangements for every occasion.
Sajjad was delighted to talk with so many key businesses in this vibrant coastal Lancashire Town commenting:
"There is such as strong, close knit community here. I was given such a warm welcome by all and there is a genuine feeing of goodwill amongst traders who clearly work together to benefit the whole town.
"It is great to see such a broad base of businesses, particularly with so many independent and family run shops sitting alongside familiar high street names"
The afternoon saw preparations for the formal switching on of the Christmas Lights underway, with local entertainers, Jo and our own popular local singer Peter Anthony himself taking to the temporary stage set up in the town centre for the event. Local school children also performed much to the delight of the gathering crowds.
BBC Radio Lancashire were also broadcasting from the event with Graham Liver and Mike Stevens and Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, Councillor Peter Hardy and Mrs Sheila Hardy joined locals to enjoy the performances.
And no event would be complete with Town Crier Colin Ballard!
"So many local people were involved in the organisation for the day, including local Fylde Councillors like Brenda Blackshaw and her family who also run local businesses, all pulling together to ensure the success of the day" said Sajjad.
"Peter is a well-known popular personality in the town. Running local businesses himself and living in there too means he will do a fantastic job representing local people on Fylde Borough Council and I encourage residents of Clifton ward to go out and vote for him on 10th December
Sajjad and local MP for Fylde, Mark Menzies, also met with representatives from the Save Blackpool Airport Group who are campaigning to see the local airport, currently owned by Balfour Beatty, retaining as a fully operational commercial airport. Balfour Beatty closed the airport in October 2014 when a buyer could not be found, with the loss of 100 jobs. The Government has confirmed the area is to be included in a new Enterprise Zone and currently only services light aircraft, helicopters and flights to the Isle of Man.