Christmas cheer and festivities in picturesque Newtownforbes

As the nation held its breath in anticipation of last week’s budget - the message to shop local this festive season has never been more significant.

As the nation held its breath in anticipation of last week’s budget - the message to shop local this festive season has never been more significant.

In Newtownforbes the whole community is gearing up for an exciting festive season after an eventful year in the south Longford village, and business people have all joined forces to ensure that visitors and shoppers to the area are provided with all the very best in value and produce that the bustling south Longford village has to offer this year.

One of those leading the charge is the ever popular Newtownforbes Post Office and Bell’s Foodstore. A regular meeting place for locals, the store has also become a National Lottery agent in recent times and this is in addition to its many other attractions – grocery, wine, chocolates, gifts and much, much more.

Staying with the festive theme, Bell’s Quality Meats boasts a fine collection of poultry, beef, lamb and many more succulent treats. Indeed, its fine assortment of turkeys and hams can rival the very best in the business during Christmas 2012, with plenty of orders being taken over the next few weeks.

If, on the other hand, you are keen to iron out any niggling problems with your car or van before the perennial winter chill takes hold, make sure to pay a visit to Hannify Commercials this Christmas. With repairs and services to all heavy and light goods vehicles as well as a 24 hour recovery service available, Hannify’s certainly ticks all the right boxes when it comes to vehicle repairs.

Similarly, and only a few minutes down the road, Geelan Auto Electric and Spares Ltd can be found. Providing both starter and alternator repairs, a full range of batteries are now in stock covering cars, tractors and trucks.

The team at Affordable Tyres are also offering free alignment with every set of winter tyres purchased, which is has to be said, is a very nice little Christmas bonus indeed!

For a great night out, a visit to Thomas Casey’s Bar, McGownan’s and The Castle Inn must be part of any ‘to do’ list and at Nolan Motors – a landmark businesses in Newtownforbes – they too are gearing themselves up for another cheerful and busy festive season.

McGowan’s Grocery and Lounge is also the perfect place to catch up on old friends this Christmas -

so don’t forget to pop into Newtownforbes and see who’s around!