Lockdown has done me a favour as I now go to my local shops and it is so easy and quick, plus the quality of the food is outstanding.

I go to my local butchers Buntings, where Stuart always has a smile the meat so delicious you don’t have to do anything to it, plus you can buy local products - a bucket of Maldon Salt and Tiptree jams and chutneys, cheese and fresh eggs all in one shop and no pushing the trolley. I also have bought cuts of meat I’ve never cooked before, so it makes life exciting.

I then go through the Emporium to the fruit and vegetable stall to Danny, who certainly knows his produce, and once again the quality and variety is so good and the freshness amazing.

The whole of Maldon High Street is so easy and I find I don’t spend as much as I do when I go to a bigger store. We have independent fashion shops and once again it is a pleasure not a chore.

I find I have a smile on my face for hours after the banter you can have and it certainly brightens even the dullest day, so please shop in Maldon and keep our wonderful High Street open.

Maggy Still

Wantz Road, Maldon