PLENTY of people I know have chosen to save money on fares and petrol and shop in St Helens this Christmas.

And nearly all of them are saying they have been really pleased with the range of items on sale from good local stores like Tyrers and ODs.

What has been a revelation for many of them is the great service to be found in many of our town shops.

One young shopper told me she preferred New Look in St Helens to the one in Manchester, saying it was easier to find what she wanted and the staff were brilliant. Beat that Trafford Centre!

Star Reader