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Call You and Yours: Sunday Opening Hours

41 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 14 August 2012

Sunday trading laws in England and Wales have been extended for the duration of the Olympics and Paralympics. Larger shops can now trade for more than six hours a day on Sundays. There are suggestions that this could continue after the Games are over to give the economy a much needed boost.

Do you find the current Sunday trading hours inconvenient and wish that the shops were open for longer? Perhaps you attend church on a Sunday and regard it as a sacred day, or as a much needed day off to spend with friends and family.

Will longer opening hours be the final nail in the coffin for the unique character of a Sunday? Do consumer demands now trump the idea of a day of rest?

Are longer opening hours a good way to give the economy a much needed boost? Or do you think they would damage small businesses? If you're a shop owner or you work in retail, what do you think of the idea?

Call us on 03700-100-400 before ten, 03700 100444 after ten, or email us via our website at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours; leave us a message or a name and number where we can call you back.
Or text us on 84844. Or tweet @BBCRadio4 during the programme, using the hashtag #youandyours.

Presented by Julian Worricker
Produced by Olivia Skinner.


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