Shoppers snap up Boxing Day bargains...and they queued from 6am

Essex County Standard: Shoppers snap up Boxing Day bargains...and they queued from 6am Shoppers snap up Boxing Day bargains...and they queued from 6am

BARGAIN hunters hit high street shops in their thousands on Boxing Day as sales fever gripped north Essex today.

Many joined queues before daybreak with some stores opening as early as 6am.

With tills jingling like sleigh bells, retailers were hoping to cash in on the festive spending spree.

Ron Levy, of Colchester Retail Business Association, said it was too early to say how successful the sales had been, but business seemed to be booming in the run-up to Christmas as shoppers went in search of last-minute deals.

"I was in the car park at 10am on Sunday and the crowds were unbelievable," he said.

"The car park was virtually full already and people were driving around looking for spaces.

"I've never seen it so full so early and am sure it will have had a massive effect on footfall in the town centre.”

Mr Levy said it may have been a record-breaking festive season for retailers.

"I've worked in the town centre for since I moved here 28 years ago," he said.

"There were enormous numbers of people - I haven't seen so many for a long time."

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3:49pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Nevtyler says...

Very sad way to spend boxing day
Very sad way to spend boxing day Nevtyler

11:47pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Boris says...

Agree with Nev. We had a big family lunch, then two of us went to the WHCS to see the U's win 4-0, then back home for an evening of games with the children. Much more satisfying.
Agree with Nev. We had a big family lunch, then two of us went to the WHCS to see the U's win 4-0, then back home for an evening of games with the children. Much more satisfying. Boris

1:08am Fri 27 Dec 13

Mind your own business says...

All shops should be band from opening on Boxing Day it should be a day for family's.
All shops should be band from opening on Boxing Day it should be a day for family's. Mind your own business

9:44am Fri 27 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

Oi veys my son get your smutter as cheap as you can.eh what?
Oi veys my son get your smutter as cheap as you can.eh what? stevedawson

9:55am Fri 27 Dec 13

romantic says...

Pretty sad that anybody could so desperately "need" some item so badly that they will queue from 4.00. Even worse for the staff who have to be there. All the stores will say that it is voluntary and nobody is forced to work Boxing Day, but if you turn it down, watch that ladder up become a whole lot steeper. But we're in a time where any slowdown in spending is viewed as a national disaster, and let's be honest, the "meaning of Xmas" for plenty of people is basically "material stuff".
Pretty sad that anybody could so desperately "need" some item so badly that they will queue from 4.00. Even worse for the staff who have to be there. All the stores will say that it is voluntary and nobody is forced to work Boxing Day, but if you turn it down, watch that ladder up become a whole lot steeper. But we're in a time where any slowdown in spending is viewed as a national disaster, and let's be honest, the "meaning of Xmas" for plenty of people is basically "material stuff". romantic

5:23am Sun 29 Dec 13

HARRY438 says...

One of the few chances in the year to enjoy a proper queue.
One of the few chances in the year to enjoy a proper queue. HARRY438

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