Primark

  1. Queues in Northumberland Street as people hit the shops

    Early birds hit the stores this morning as non-essential shops in England reopened after the four-week lockdown.

    Droves of customers queued early outside stores such as Primark in Northumberland Street, Newcastle.

    The whole of the North East is still under tier three Covid-19 measures, with North Yorkshire and Cumbria in tier two.

    People queueing outside Primark in Northumberland Street, Newcastle
    People queueing outside Primark in Northumberland Street, Newcastle
    Shoppers in Northumberland Street, Newcastle
  2. Keen shoppers queue for Nottingham Primark reopening

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    The end of the national lockdown means non-essential shops are now free to reopen - and some shoppers could not wait to get browsing again.

    Long before the sun came up, a large queue had formed outside Primark's store in Nottingham, with some shoppers revealing they had been there since 06:00.

    Primark queue

    Rules have been relaxed to allow shops to open 24 hours a day in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.

    Primark was one of the first to say that it would be taking advantage of the extra freedom.

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    Many Scots braved the rain, with Primark stores in Glasgow and Dundee very busy.

  5. Shoppers queue patiently in Brighton

    Queues outside Primark in Brighton

    Shoppers in Brighton have been queuing patiently to take advantage of the relaxation of lockdown rules for non-essential goods.

    Scores of people joined the queue outside Primark in Western Road, which at one point stretched along the front and the full length of the side of the store in Marlborough Street.

    There were markings on the pavement 2m apart outside the front of the store to help people, but as the queues extended more than 200m into the distance, shoppers had to work it out for themselves before even making it inside the store.

    Inside, there were limits on the number of customers and advice on social distancing, as well as access to hand sanitiser.

    Shops all over England have reopened for the first time since lockdown measures were introduced in March as the government relaxes the rules on the type of stores that can open.

    Queues outside Primark in Brighton
  6. Shoppers queue for Primark hauls

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News

    Long queues were seen at Primark stores across England as the retailer opened its doors for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown started.

    There were lines of dozens of people at branches of the budget clothes store in Birmingham, Derby, Liverpool and Nottingham.

    A woman holding up her Primark bags

    One woman held her bags high for photographers outside Primark in Birmingham.

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  7. Shoppers queue up for Primark reopening

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Large queues formed outside Primark stores in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester this morning as they prepared to reopen after being closed for almost three months due to coronavirus.

    Markings were placed outside the shops to encourage people to stay socially distanced while they waited.

    Primark queue

    Shops around the country selling non-essential goods have been given the green light to welcome back customers from this morning.

    The prime minister has urged people to "shop with confidence".

    Primark is reopening all of its 153 stores in England but said there would not be any "special discounting".

    Nottingham Primark queue
    Leicester Primark queue
  8. Birmingham Primark 'calm' despite queues

    One of the biggest Primark stores in the country is already drawing in the customers this morning.

    This was the scene in Birmingham earlier as non-essential retailers opened for the first time in almost three months.

    Primark

    Jaydee Darrock from Studley, West Midlands, was one of the first to go into the city centre store, having queued from 07:00.

    She said the shop had been "calm" after opening at 7:30 - half an hour earlier than planned.

    "They've got hand sanitiser stations when you walk into the store, but then once you're in, it's free-roaming.

    "There's not masses of people - it's quite nice," she added.

    Hundreds are estimated to have queued to get in before opening.