By Andy Morris Thursday 05 March 2015 Updated: 05/03 09:56

Buy photos Love Rugby Town.... Malcolm Freeman from Oxygen Graphics, Zoe Russell from ZHR Marketing and Simon Ainley from Garden Gate Flowers are helping to bring Rugbys first evening street food market to Jubilee Gardens tonight for the launch of 1st Thursdays. Picture by Jon Mullis 09.015.008.rug.jm1

LATE-night shopping comes to Rugby tonight (Thursday March 5) - alongside a food market and street entertainment.

The town centre will come alive after five with the launch of 1st Thursdays - a group of independent traders' idea to boost business by keeping shops open until 8pm and offering special promotions and street entertainment on the first Thursday of every month.

The first event will feature Rugby's first evening street food market at Jubilee Gardens, the Regent Place square where the Rupert Brooke statue stands.

Co-organiser Simon Ainley from Garden Gate Flowers explained the plan was to bring a party atmosphere to the town centre.

He said: Right in the heart of the town centre we have this lovely triangle of grass, trees and benches in which to soak up the delicious tastes and aromas of our street food chefs.

"It is an underused public space that we are delighted to be able to make the most of for our late night shopping extravaganza.

Its really going to be a fantastic event.

From 5-8pm visitors can eat under gazebos in Jubilee Gardens to the sounds of local musicians Ben Watts, Kate and the Moon Cats, Becki and The Dove and The Rattletones. Caterers include The Hungry Toad, Savanna Grill, The Vegan Grind House, The Jabberwocky, Big Daddies Diner and The Bournville Waffle Company.

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Shopping street party debuts in Rugby tonight

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