Boxing Day sales draw in scores of bargain hunters

Boxing Day sales

Boxing Day sales

Hundreds of bargain hunters hit the streets of Preston for the Boxing Day sales.

Many shops in both the city centre and retail parks opened early in the morning with scores of shoppers queuing to get the best bargains.

In Preston Fishergate was packed with shoppers carrying as many bags as they could as shops slashed their prices.

Many stores had started their sales ahead of Christmas or online but that didn’t deter shoppers from seeking out cut price goods.

Gemma Clarke, 27, from Preston, visited both the Capitol Centre in Walton-le-Dale and Preston centre with her mum Sue Smith, 59. Gemma, who is expecting a baby boy in February got stacks of clothing ready for the arrival of the newborn.

She said: “We went to Next at the Capitol Centre, we were going to get up early and go but we got there at about 8am. It was absolute mayhem, apparently people were queuing at 2.30am. Then we came into Preston and went to Next here and Marks and Spencer.

“In Next everything was half price, it was mental you had to queue up for an hour just to pay.”

Demi Brown, 19, from Preston and her friends Ryan Hall and Megan Howard, both 17, hit the shops too.

“We came out at 9.30am,” said Demi, “We have been everywhere, River Island, New Look, Miss Selfridge. I got some shoes that should have been £40 and they were £20.”

Paul and Lorraine Hoyle travelled from Lancaster to find some bargains and spent around £200.

Paul, 50, said: “There’s more choice, we’ve got trainers, clothes and CDs.”

Lorraine, 47, added: “We go to the Boxing Day sales more or less every year. We go to different places, we have been to Manchester and Liverpool.”

Keith Mitchell, centre manager at Fishergate Shopping Centre, said: “We have had an encouraging start to the popular post-Christmas sales period with long queues outside Debenhams when they opened their doors at 7am on Boxing Day.”

Nicky Horton, office manager at St George’s Shopping Centre, added: “It was very busy early on with the eager beavers. We are pleased with how it’s going.”




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