RESIDENTS in East Renfrewshire are being urged to support local businesses throughout the King’s coronation.

As many people across the area are making plans for the celebratory weekend, Scotland’s Town Partnership (STP) has said it is the “ideal chance” for people to get behind local enterprises and attractions as they enjoy the long weekend.

The partnership is suggesting that residents across the authority buy food, drink, and other coronation items at local stores.

Bosses at STP, who lead the Scotland Loves Local campaign are hoping the long weekend will provide a financial windfall for businesses in the area.

Kimberley Guthrie, STP interim chief officer, said: “There are so many brilliant businesses throughout East Renfrewshire.

“So, when we raise a glass to King Charles, enjoy a slice of cake or blow up a balloon in his honour, we can make a real difference by ensuring it’s locally bought or produced.

“It’s a message that His Majesty, as a tremendous supporter of sustainable local produce, businesses and his love of Scotland, would undoubtedly agree with.

“Rising costs are placing increasing pressures on local businesses. That makes these large-scale events more important to them than ever, as people stock up on supplies for the celebrations or simply want to enjoy extra time together.”

On top of residents being asked to shop local, STP is also urging them to spend using the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card, to ensure the money they spend stays local for longer by directly supporting shops, attractions, and jobs in the area.