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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Eager Cumbrian shoppers bagging bargains in the sales

Bargain hunting shoppers were queuing by 5am to bag Boxing Day bargains.

Staff at Next in Workington arrived to find a string of shoppers waiting to get in ahead of their 6am opening.

And they reckon they helped make yesterday the busiest Boxing Day they’ve ever had in the town as the fashion chain’s sale started.

A spokeswoman said: “I got here at 5.15am and people were all queuing then. We had to stagger them coming in.”

Debenhams in Workington town centre also had a queue when it opened at 7am.

Menswear manager Tim Callaghansaid: “There was a small queue then. It’s just gradually got much busier. We have had a lot of vouchers redeemable from Boxing Day so people have come in with them. It’s been really busy in the run-up to Christmas as well.”

Many of the town’s chain shops opened for the day.

Steven and Rachel Hall of High Street, Workington, popped to town with four of their children who wanted to spend their Christmas money.

Older daughter Charlotte, 13, was in town at 9am to get the best of the bargains.

Steven said: “Charlotte’s got some trainers and things. There are some good bargains to be had.”

Evan Barlow and Shaun Patterson, both 16, of Maryport, hit the shops to spend their Christmas money.

Evan, of Strand Street, bought a River Island jacket, reduced from £90 to £50.

He said: “We just chanced it really. It was worth coming but I’d rather sit on the sofa and buy things on my laptop next time.”

Jane Clark, 52, of Mosser, stopped off in town during a Breeze women’s bike ride with Sarah Rose and Lynne Cleghorn of Whitehaven.

She said: “We’ll be looking in Next. We stopped for a coffee and decided to have a look round the shops. We’re browsing and might come back later in the car.”

Trade was also brisk at The Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle. David Jackson, The Lanes’ commercial director, said: “There has been a change in shopping patterns this year – more so than in any other year.

“Christmas Eve was a lot quieter than I expected and there are a plethora of reasons why.

“The weather has been a big factor because it has driven more people to shop online.

“People have also been spreading the cost of Christmas over a longer period.

“We had a much busier November than December.

“But the internet has not proved to be the enemy everyone thought it was going to be because retailers have managed to adapt.”

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