Traders trialling late night shopping in a bid to boost trade are calling for local people to support them.

Shops in Horwich town centre initially trialled the late-night shopping scheme in April.

Businesses were busy during the trial, with shopkeepers saying that it went well.

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But when they tried the late-night shopping again in May, traders described the turnout as ‘poor.’

Maxine Smith, owner of Flowersmiths on Lee Lane, highlighted the disappointment felt among the shopkeepers.

Speaking to The Bolton News, she said: “Well the first one was a success, but the second one had a low turnout, so we’re trying another one and hopefully people will come along.”

Maxine stressed how the late-night shopping was what people had asked for.

She said: “We asked around, asked people what they wanted more and they said more diverse opening hours.

“We can’t afford to open at these times and have no customers, one of the shops took less than £10, it’s got to be worth opening for.”

She described some of the new things they’re trying to get going for the next time.

Maxine said: “We’re hoping to get one of the cafes open. All the salons are open, and barbers and hairdressers, so we’re hoping that some of their customers might want to do a bit of shopping afterwards.”

Shops taking part in the late night shopping this month include Flowersmiths, Fine Yarns, Handmade Hollow, Sentiments, Ruby Rose, Active Dancewear, Second Chance Dress Agency and Lee Lane Pets.

The shops are also considering putting on special offers for the evening.

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Late night shopping was put on after businesses in Horwich held an emergency meeting to discuss the future of their high street.

Shops will open late on June 30.