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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Early shoppers catch Workington sales bargains

Shoppers queued around the block to get the best of the bargains as the post-Christmas sales began in Workington yesterday.

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BARGAIN HUNTERS: Steven and Rachel Hall with children, from left, Ashton, Hayden, Faye and Madison 10

Before Next opened at 6am, the queue stretched back past The Hub and round to Jane Street.

A spokesman said it was the busiest Boxing Day the store had ever had.

She added: “I got here at 5.15am and they were all queuing then. We had to stagger them coming in.”

Debenhams also had a queue when it opened at 7am.

Tim Callaghan, menswear manager, said: “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, near Cockermouth, stopped off on a bike ride with friends.

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.”

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