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Shoppers out in force for Boxing Day sales in Gloucestershire

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

BARGAIN HUNTERS:  Fiona Boxhall and partner Dameon Wilson-Webb hit the sales early

BARGAIN HUNTERS: Fiona Boxhall and partner Dameon Wilson-Webb hit the sales early

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SHOPPERS in Cheltenham were out in force yesterday, despite the wet weather.

Families were on the hunt for Boxing Day bargains and no amount of rain could dissuade them from seeking out the best buys.

Clothing chain Superdry, which began in Cheltenham, said the sale at its store in Clarence Street was well received.

Ella Lodge, store manager at the shop, said: "It has been fantastic. It was really manic first thing this morning and I had to open five tills to accommodate everyone. We normally just have two working.

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"Everyone is spending their Christmas money and we've just had record-breaking sales in the run up to Christmas, so it's great news for the store."

Ronald Price, from Charlton Kings, was happy to join the queues.

"It's nice to come out for some fresh air, even if I am not intending to spend too much," he said.

Dameon Wilson-Webb, 40, from Cheltenham, was shopping with his partner Fiona Boxhall.

He said: "It has been quite a good day and we enjoyed it."

Fifteen-year-old Isabel Taylor came from Ross-on-Wye with her grandmother Mavis Taylor.

Isabel said: "We've been out since 10am this morning. We have already done quite a lot, but will look around a few more shops."

Philippe Shaurin, 43, from France was visiting family and friends in Cheltenham over the festive period and decided to see what bargains he could find.

He said: "Even though it is raining, I think we all enjoy coming out to do a little bit of shopping.

"I am loving it and I think I'll come over next year."

Emma Wilks, 32, grew up in Cheltenham and came from Stoke-on-Trent to visit family.

She said: "It has been quite a good day, but the rain is just coming down.

"We started at about 9am with a cup of coffee and breakfast, but the shopping really started at 10am."

For hiking store Trespass in Cheltenham, business yesterday was mostly normal.

Assistant manager Chris Lee said: "Quite a few shoppers are going to Next and the shops around the high street, but because we are more specialised in hiking and skiing equipment, we don't get so many.

"There are a lot of people around, but it's been more or less the same as usual for us."

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  • thomas1996  |  December 27 2012, 7:31PM

    zalapompadoo, Did you really (really) need the things you bought in the sales - I'll bet it was clothes & shoes, but most of us have a wardrobe full of the things that never get worn. If it was a new phone, or TV - bet the old one still works. I wonder how many of those shoppers would be thinking I must donate some of my food shop to a local food bank for homeless, broke or poor people?

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  • zalapompadoo  |  December 27 2012, 5:44PM

    im ashamed to admit i spent in the sales

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  • derekmd  |  December 27 2012, 2:27PM

    All five of them :)

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  • Mdolla  |  December 27 2012, 1:16PM

    Sheep!

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  • NibNobs  |  December 27 2012, 10:03AM

    Parking should be free to compete with other shopping centres and free delivery on-line!

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  • thomas1996  |  December 27 2012, 9:14AM

    yawn! Haven't people had enough of buying things we don't need in the shops in the run up to Christmas?

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  • Apothegm_  |  December 27 2012, 9:10AM

    The only people who would be able to shop in Cheltenham or Gloucester on Boxing Day would be those who live close enough to the centre of town, those who have cars, or who are near the bus routes 94 or 10. It's no surprise that buses don't run on Christmas Day or New Year's Day, but why isn't there a Saturday service on all routes on Boxing Day? Eh, Stagecoach?

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