After so many weeks of doubt and doomy headlines, 15 June was a happy day. Retailers big and small were finally allowed to throw open their doors again and welcome in customers eager to scratch the long shopping itch.
As champions of local life and communities up and down the UK, JPIMedia news titles are standing right behind the local businesses that keep those communities thriving. That commitment is at the heart of our new #SupportLocal campaign to motivate our readers to get out there and spend with their favourite local spots.
For weeks, our reporters have been out there talking to local businesses gearing up for the big day, and since Monday, they’ve been monitoring newly crowded high streets from South Shields to Worthing. We’ve gathered up some of their stories here to give you the front row view of how local communities have come together to #SupportLocal in a time of hardship.
Mackems were out in force to support their local businesses last Monday, spurred on by The Echo’s #SupportLocal campaign.
Shoppers in Mansfield were given a show while they queued, courtesy of a local busker making his return to the high street.
On the south coast, shoppers headed back to the shops in droves to deliver a welcome boost to the local economy.
The Scarborough News showed their support for local businesses in this direct appeal to shoppers to get behind them as soon as shops opened.
In Northumberland, our reporters chatted to shoppers and business owners alike to get the fullest picture of reopening day.
A few measly logistical hitches weren’t enough to deter the people of Calderdale from getting out there and spending in their communities.
In Northants, the Telegraph prepared the ground for a big day of trading by briefing readers on what to expect from the new safety measures at their local shopping centre.
Get a front row view of just how big shopping centres are handling social distancing measures from our reporters in the North West.
It means the world to us to see businesses and local communities starting to thrive again. We’re now awaiting the reopening of the English hospitality sector on 4 July with bated breath. We’ll bring you all the highlights as they happen, ensuring that eager customers know just how they can #SupportLocal in the new normal.