Coney Street, York. Photograph: YorkMix

Festive shoppers are being urged to shop local this Christmas. Following Small Business Saturday last weekend, York Outer MP Julian Sturdy has said shopping in local businesses is vital over the Christmas holidays to help support the local economy. 65% of restaurants, shops and hotels in York are independently run, and shopping restrictions have caused 19 months of disruption for many of them. To help them grow and thrive in the city, customers are being asked to think about shopping on the high street over the holidays.

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