Bumper Christmas shopping for Lynn

Lynn was given the best Christmas present with an increase in visitors to the town.

Latest footfall figures have shown that in the run-up to Christmas, Lynn received an extra 39,000, which is a 5.2 per cent rise on the December 2014 period.

The town centre also saw an increase of 7.6 per cent, which equates to half-a-million visitors in 2015 compared to 2014, with 11 out of 12 months seeing an increase on 2014. This is a stark contrast to the national scene.

Abbie Panks, manager of the Vancouver Quarter shopping centre, which monitors the footfall figures, said: “The increase in online spending in December may have had a heavy impact on retail destinations across the country but I’m delighted to see that Lynn once again saw a surge in visitors to the town

“Whilst the economy is still relatively fragile, it’s heartening to see so many people heading into the town centre. Town centres have long ceased to be strictly retail spaces with people often choosing to spend their leisure time there. The strong programme of events in the town during 2015 undoubtedly helped attract more visitors and we look forward to continuing our work alongside West Norfolk council on events in 2016.”

Cabinet member David Pope said the council is keen to support activities.