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Queues at Aldi, Primark and Smyths store as second lockdown looms

PUBLISHED: 12:52 01 November 2020 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 November 2020

Shoppers flocked to Smyths at the Anglia Retail Park to stock upon Christmas gifts ahead of the second lockdown.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Shoppers flocked to Smyths at the Anglia Retail Park to stock upon Christmas gifts ahead of the second lockdown. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Shoppers have been out in force in Suffolk this morning after a second lockdown was confirmed by the Prime Minister.

Shoppers flocked to Smyths at the Anglia Retail Park to stock upon Christmas gifts ahead of the second lockdown.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNShoppers flocked to Smyths at the Anglia Retail Park to stock upon Christmas gifts ahead of the second lockdown. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Smyths toy store at Anglia Retail Park in Ipswich saw shoppers queue down the road past Carpet Right ahead of the closure of non-essential shops for four weeks from Thursday.

MORE: Everything you need to know about the latest lockdown rules

Meanwhile, the Aldi appeared to be busy in Bury St Edmunds, with hopeful shoppers turning away after catching sight of the large queues.

Shoppers came out to get Christmas presents at Smyths toys store at Anglia Retail Park following the Prime Minister's lockdown announcement. Picture: ARCHANTShoppers came out to get Christmas presents at Smyths toys store at Anglia Retail Park following the Prime Minister's lockdown announcement. Picture: ARCHANT

In Ipswich, eager shoppers have already snapped up turkeys in Aldi, anticipating a rush ahead of Christmas.

Similar queues were also spotted outside the Primark in Ipswich town centre, which does not have an online presence.

From Thursday, shoppers will not be able to get their fast-fashion fix until December under the government’s new guidelines.

Shoppers have been queuing outside Primark this morning. Picture: ARCHANTShoppers have been queuing outside Primark this morning. Picture: ARCHANT

Despite the wet weather yesterday, the Works in Ipswich said it had done a days trade in one hour.

The Farmers Market also appeared to be busy with shoppers heading out ahead of the new restrictions.

Alan Todd, who had been shopping at Morrison’s in Diss, said: “Looks like Christmas has come early. Long queues outside and shelves seem to be emptying quickly. Glad I decided to do my weekly shop a day earlier and first thing in the morning.”

Queues have been forming outside the Aldi in Bury St Edmunds this morning. Picture: TONY MILDINHALLQueues have been forming outside the Aldi in Bury St Edmunds this morning. Picture: TONY MILDINHALL

The situation has been similar in Colchester, where queues formed outside Next and Smyths toy store at the Tollgate Centre Shopping Park.

Simon Mark Lewis tweeted: “Bravo Colchester, nipped to Argos at Tollgate, car parks full, huge queues of traffic both ends, long queues for Next and Smyths toys. Unbelievable scenes.”

Christmas turkeys have been flying off the shelves in supermarkets this morning. Picture: ARCHANTChristmas turkeys have been flying off the shelves in supermarkets this morning. Picture: ARCHANT

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