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There is no getting away from it there is only one thing on our readers minds this weekend – shopping!

Many, we know, will be delving into Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals with abandon. Despite claims it is all a con there are some decent discounts around – but it has to be something you need – not just crave for it to be a real saving.

However, we believe there is an even more important shopping extravaganza this weekend and that is our very own Shop Arran.

We all love a bargain, so why go anywhere else than to the islands many shops and businesses over the next couple of days, where there are discounts of 10 per cent and more to be had. Indeed many outlets will throwing in a glass of prosecco or mulled wine, whether you’re tempted to buy or not.

Shop Arran is now firmly established in the Christmas shopping calendar and gives a welcome festive boost to local shops and businesses. What is needed is for the local residents to get out there and support it.

Yes, there is a place – particularly in an island community like our own – for online shopping. But take one look at the high streets on the mainland and you should know that we need to give a helping hand to the local shops we just cannot afford to lose.