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Independents’ Day – shops throw open their doors

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Shops, hairdressers, gyms, pub beer gardens, and pavement cafes reopened today as the coronavirus lockdown eased.

A throng of shoppers could be seen joyfully returning for a spot of retail therapy, which delighted Tony Davey, Chair of Stroud & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce, who said: “After a long lockdown, it’s great to see such a positive atmosphere returning.

“I know many businesses have breathed a sigh of relief to finally open today. A huge thanks to everyone who ventured out today to discover their local businesses and restart our local economy.”

Stroud was bustling with shoppers on Monday morning.
Stroud was bustling with shoppers on Monday morning.
Jess Smith, Daisy Mason and Lottie Beard at Vogue Hair & Education.
Jess Smith, Daisy Mason and Lottie Beard at Vogue Hair & Education.
Tony Davey at Party on Up.
Tony Davey at Party on Up.
Andy Bateman welcoming customers back to Bateman’s.
Andy Bateman welcoming customers back to Bateman’s Sports.
Charlie Harris at Peter Hickman.
Charlie Harris at Peter Hickman.
Denise Ballard and Olive the dog at Fourteen Lifestyle.
Denise Ballard and Olive the dog at Fourteen Lifestyle.
Simon Vincent at Trading Post.
Simon Vincent at Trading Post.
Juliet Farrington, manager at Moonflower.
Juliet Farrington, manager at Moonflower.
Hellen Doyle, Kayleigh Jordison and Jules Scrivens at A Brilliant Disguise.
Hellen Doyle, Kayleigh Jordison and Jules Scrivens at A Brilliant Disguise.
Janet England and Trudi Darwin at Haberdashery Twist.
Janet England and Trudi Darwin at Haberdashery Twist.
Pete Blythe at Cornflower and Calico in Stroud High Street.
Pete Blythe at Cornflower and Calico in Stroud High Street.
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