Is it too early to be thinking about and discussing Christmas?
That was one of the more lively topics of debate on #harboroughhour last night as people pondered the yuletide season - 124 days away.
There were mixed feelings with some thinking it is way too early with Halloween and bonfire night yet to pass while others seemed raring to go.
It was raised by Market Harborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce (@MHCOTC) which said: “The nights are starting to draw in. Is it a bit early to mention Xmas trees in #Harborough?”
Music writer Annie Lees (@Annie_beth) said; “Never too early. September is officially the start of Xmas countdown. 125 days to go people...”
D H Photography (@d_h_photos) said: “Surely Christmas shouldn’t be mentioned until after Bonfire night!”
Other matters raised last night between 8pm and 9pm included Harborough woman Frances Quinn’s appearance on the new series of the Great British Bake Off, the revival of Arts Fresco for the town, social media awards, Jedward’s recent interview on HFM, a local business expo taking place on October 17, indie music and free pastries at the Ice bar Cafe.
At the end of the hour, the MHCOTC also reminded people that its next meeting is on September 4 at The Angel Hotel.
By the hour’s end, the scores on the doors were 100 original tweets sent, 63 ‘@’ messages, 64 re-tweets, 227 total interactions and a reach of 62,781 meaning last night’s #harboroughhour was the busiest to date.
The stats, as ever, were supplied by the very useful Infonote DataSystems (@InfonoteDS).
Among the chatterati last night were (apologies for anyone missed off but it was fast-paced last night): Room For Music, Orange Juice PR, Aylesworth Fleming East Midlands, Harborough FM, Northwood Harborough, Lisa Jolly, Zest Communications, Tim Barnes-Clay, Totem CS, PCSO Matt Taylor, Robin Bradford, retail guru Corin Birchall, Zest Communications, Local Wedding Connections, Oliver Jelley, TSR Ltd, Northampton BID, Lisa Batty, new Mail columnist Jon Pollard (aka @hippy_jon), Zombie Earth UK, Esse ladieswear, Poldrakes Brewery, Circum HR, Express Systems, Travel Advisor Liza, Mail senior reporter Ian “The Headmaster” O’Pray and editor Neil Pickford, Garry Aston from Caged Fish, blogger Annie Bean , Crazy World of Maggie and Mel Wisher
Last night was the eighth instalment of #harboroughhour, launched on July 3, which gives Twitter users an opportunity to air their views on any #Harborough subjects they like or to give their businesses or events a plug. There is a captive audience of #Harborough folk eager to hear about district topics.
Mail deputy editor Alex Blackwell, who was monitoring the Mail Twitter account during the hour, said: “Last week was a busy one so it was encouraging to see last night’s was even busier. We are very grateful to Infonote for supplying the stats as it gives us a gauge to measure how active things actually were.
“See you all, same time, same place, next Wedensday.”
Story by Alex Blackwell
Follow Alex on Twitter, @BlackwellHarb.