The Leader of the House of Commons hailed Frodsham a ‘town of great character’ during his tour of the town’s independent businesses.

Former Conservative leader William Hague MP was in town, invited by Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans, to meet small businesses and market traders in the run-up to Small Business Saturday on December 6.

The grassroots campaign aims to endorse independent retailers and encourage consumers to shop locally.

During their tour, Mr Hague and Mr Evans dropped into the family-run Devonshire Bakery to help promote the Frodsham Christmas Shopping Challenge, which calls upon people to do their Christmas shopping within the town.

Mr Hague said: “I greatly enjoyed visiting Frodsham and meeting so many traders, local businesses and shoppers. It is a town of great character and I can see why it is so well supported.”

William Hague MP and Graham Evans MP met with Frodsham business owners
William Hague MP and Graham Evans MP met with Frodsham business owners

He was also full of praise for Mr Evans: “Graham Evans is a fantastic MP, who is well known in the House of Commons for working so hard for his constituents and it is always a great pleasure to support him in his work.”

The pair also visited Rowlinsons Solicitors on Church Street.

Rowlinsons senior director Denis Stevenson said he was ‘delighted’ the MPs took time out of their schedules and showed a ‘genuine interest’ in how the business was progressing.

Mr Evans added: “It was wonderful to be able to invite William to Frodsham to meet its terrific residents and see what a bustling and enterprising place it is.

“Frodsham is undeniably a jewel in Cheshire’s crown and has many small and independent businesses as well as the market. It’s these businesses which are helping the economy and getting this country back on track – they are doing well and it’s a sign that our long term economic plan for communities across the country is working.”