TOWN centre shops have thanked customers for backing business as lockdown measures were relaxed.

Firms across Colchester re-opened to shoppers two weeks ago.

The first day back saw dozens of people return to the town centre in a big boost for business.

Big queues were seen outside the likes of Primark, Fenwick and Sports Direct.

Leaders from Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) have praised customers for the “smooth re-opening”.

Shoppers were thanked for observing social distancing rules, queuing patiently and supporting shops.


  • Queues outside Fenwick in Colchester High Street

A spokesman for BID said: “We would like to thank those who have visited the town over the last two weeks for the support you have brought to Colchester. Social distancing has been followed across the town, queues have been well managed and the atmosphere has been enjoyable for all.

“We have seen a steady increase in footfall and we hope this will continue to rise.

“Many Colchester businesses have seen great results over the last few weeks and are grateful for the level of support. Shopping local is important and builds the community of our town.”

Sam Good, BID manager for Our Colchester, added: “The reopening of Colchester town centre has been great so far.


  • Sam Good, BID Manager

“We have received positive feedback from both businesses and members of the public.

“The BID is grateful to everyone who has visited since June 15 as they have participated in such a smooth re-opening.

“We hope to see these positive results continue and we look forward to what Colchester town centre has to come.”

Saturday will see restaurants, cinemas and other venues across the town begin to re-open in the next step of lockdown being eased.