TRADERS in Barry town centre are inviting people to Party on The Square as they host their first festival to celebrate shopping local.

The Holton Road traders association, supported by Barry Town Council’s Shop Local initiative and the Vale council, will host the entertainment event, in King Square, on Saturday, September 23.

The Shop Local Barry scheme will get its Holton Road official launch, also on the day.

Holton Road traders’ association chairman, David Elliott, of TL Computer Systems, said: “We wanted to do something in Holton Road to bring people down and to promote Holton Road as a shopping area. There’s usually things going on in Cardiff, but we want things in Barry.”

The library will also host Barry Reptile Centre which will providing a free reptile show between 12pm and 4pm.

Barry Community Choir and Perfect Harmony - Barry comprehensive’s school choir – will also entertain.

Local boy Jack Raymond will sing some Blues and Country & Western, and another local boy Connor Pullen will sing some Ed Sheeran songs.

The main stage on King Square will feature six local bands: Stratosphere, Outback, Fire Fences, Stonehouse, 12 Bore, and Too Toned.

Local theatre school Razzle Dazzle will providing a dance show on the main stage and Bro Radio will compere.

Butchers John Marshalls will provide a barbecue on the square with their homemade burgers and hotdogs on the takeaway menu.

For sweet fans, there will be fresh candyfloss and Box Fresh from Holton Road will dish up sandwiches and unicorn cupcakes, and a traditional ice cream van.

There will also be a tarot card reader, face painting, helium balloons, and a giant bouncy castle in Central Park.

All of this is provided by local business in Barry- even the stage and lighting.

Traders’ association, vice chairwoman Rachael Williams said: “Barry is a brilliant, vibrant town with a great range of businesses. We want to highlight this and remind people what we have right here in our fantastic town centre. Come down and enjoy yourselves. It's on us.”