Original article from Kent Live
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
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.
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.