These were the scenes in Preston today as lockdown restrictions lifted

It's been a long time coming, but shop doors opened and pints were poured in Preston.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 1:33 pm
Shop 'till you drop: Customers outside the newly reopened Primark store in Preston

England’s shops, hairdressers, pub beer gardens and pavement cafes reopened on Monday as the coronavirus lockdown eased - and our photographers were out and about to see how it all went.

Staff at Primark get ready to welcome customers
Getting ready: Window cleaning at the Fishergate Centre

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Preston Market traders setting up earlier this morning
Boris Johnson urged the nation to behave responsibly as life took another step back towards normality, with indoor gyms, swimming pools, nail salons and zoos also welcoming customers.
Despite the relaxation in lockdown rules, social mixing indoors will remain heavily restricted
The Prime Minister urged caution during the major step forward as a scientist advising the Government warned the rules must be followed to minimise a possible rebound in case numbers.
Newport Town Crier Peter Taunton reopens the Dunkirk Hall pub in Leyland with Annamarie Andrew, operational of director of local pub company and Jane Bell, Mayor of South Ribble
Good to be back. Customers enjoy their first pint
Sally Baylis from the Dunkirk Hall, Leyland serves customers their first beers
Worth the wait: Joe Moore raises a glass with Trevor Jones at the Dunkirk Hall
Even Lexi was desperate for a trim!
Young and old were glad to be back ion the shops
Nice to see Fishergate busy again
Crowds on the high street
Doesn't that beer look good?
Queues outside Primark in Preston