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Pictures show Folkestone brimming with life on lockdown lifting day

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Pictures show Folkestone town centre brimming with life on lockdown lifting day

Folkestone locals were pictured filling the town's streets once again as non-essential retail stores opened their doors for the first time this year

Life is slowly but surely returning to normal
Life is slowly but surely returning to normal

Folkestone residents flocked back to the high street today as non-essential retail stores welcomed back customers.

April 12 marks the latest benchmark day in the government's easing of coronavirus restrictions.

As well as non-essential retail, pubs and restaurants can open outdoors, bringing a number of people to the Folkestone town centre.

It's the first time in 2021 that non-essential stores have been able to have customers inside and many are counting on shoppers' appetite to spend in order to help them bounce back.

In Folkestone, locals braved the temperamental British weather to browse what was on offer at the Bouverie Place Shopping Centre and along the Old High Street.

KentLive was at the heart of Folkestone on the big reopening day.

Enthusiasm to shop was abundant with many locals clearly feeling the need for a spot of retail therapy after a tough few months in lockdown.

Plenty were quick to seize the chance to consume food and drinks sat outdoors too, with pubs, restaurants and cafes bustling.

This is what we saw walking around the town.

  1. The big restriction easing day seems to have gone well as shoppers stroll along Folkestone's Main High Street

    The big restriction easing day seems to have gone well as shoppers stroll along Folkestone's Main High Street

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  2. Life is slowly but surely returning to normal

    Life is slowly but surely returning to normal

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  3. Folkestone's colourful The Old High Street was looking much healthier with people sat outside its businesses

    Folkestone's colourful The Old High Street was looking much healthier with people outside its businesses

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  4. As of today, cafes and restaurants can sit and serve customers outside

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  5. The British weather has been ever-unpredictable but that didn't put off plenty shoppers who made the trip

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  6. Bouverie Place Shopping Centre was popular thanks to its wide array of stores

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  7. Primark stores across the country, including Folkestone, had some of the longest lines

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  8. There were worries the public may be hesitant to return to shops, but that wasn't the case in Folkestone

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  9. Shoppers are back in stores but queues are to be expected with Covid-19 protocols

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