Shoppers rush back into town on re-opening Monday


Banbury shows its support with long queues, bustling streets and the first drink at a pub

Banbury bustled yesterday as shoppers took the opportunity to head back into town as non-essential retail was given the green light to reopen.   Many town traders told Banbury FM it was far busier than a normal pre-pandemic Monday.

Some sectors saw long queues forming as people took the opportunity for the first proper hair cut or nail treatment of 2021.   People were seen waiting outside hairdressers in Parson’s Street, Church Lane, the High Street and in the Castle Quay Shopping Centre.

Many pubs took the opportunity to open for the first time since Christmas to serve food and drinks to customers seated in outdoor areas, many of which had been specially covered and heated.

Elsewhere, the closing down sale at Debenhams attracted a long queue of prospective shoppers and at Banbury Gateway  the queue of people waiting to get into Primark was evident from early on Monday morning all the way through the day.

People also took the opportunity to donate items to charity for the first time in three months.   Banbury’s Salvation Army Donations Centre posted a message online saying: “Thank You so much for supporting us on our 1st day back!  We appreciate each and everyone of you who have donated, shopped or done both today!  We are RAMMED full of bargains! From furniture to clothing!”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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