Music will be turned down and lights dimmed for autism hour in Wisbech

Horsefair shopping centre, Wisbech, will go quiet for an hour for autism hour.

Horsefair shopping centre, Wisbech, will go quiet for an hour for autism hour. - Credit: Archant

A shopping centre in the Fens is planning to go quiet for autism hour in a campaign organised by a national charity.

NewRiver, in Wisbech, will be supporting The National Autistic Society’s event on Monday October 2.

The Horsefair shopping centre will turn down the music and other noise and dim the lights where possible in a bid to show support to the millions of shoppers who suffer from autism or have a family member with autism who may find busy shopping environments are a sensory overload.

Horsefair Centre Manager Dave King said: “We have 30 stores who will be turning off their music and dimming their lights to show our support to shoppers who struggle with the hustle, bustle and noise that a busy shopping centre can generate to ensure that we give them an all-round easier shopping experience.”

Shopes in the centre will be given information about autism awareness to cement the commitment to supporting all shoppers to ensure a positive experience is had by all, he added.


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