It's a national campaign, but a day Hitchin always does so well - Independents Day is on Saturday 2 July 2016.
Get along to Hitchin Market Place between 10am and 4pm and show your support for our great local businesses.
Whether it's fashion, gifts, homeware or food and drink, there'll be all you need.
Independents Day was launched in 2010 to celebrate those vital economic and social contributions made by local businesses.
I'd love to see some statistics, but I'm pretty certain that Hitchin has more - and better - independents than many other towns. Maybe it's the history of the great Hitchin Markets.
Find out more, especially about Hitchin Bid, which is behind this event.
31st May 2012
Writer and sax player. Brought up in Hitchin and - apart from uni and some ensuing madness of life in London - I've always lived here.