Shopper totals soar in King’s Lynn town centre

Costa Coffee Shop in the Vancouver Quarter King's Lynn ANL-150528-075209009

Costa Coffee Shop in the Vancouver Quarter King's Lynn ANL-150528-075209009

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Lynn defied the national trend for visitor numbers in the run up to Christmas, new figures have revealed.

Footfall in the town centre during December was up 5.2 per cent on the same period last year, according to a report contained in agenda papers for next Thursday’s West Norfolk Council meeting.

David Pope, portfolio holder for ICT, leisure and public space, said that bucked national trends which tended to show falls in visitor numbers in the festive period.

His report to the council also announced that the overall figure for the last quarter of 2015 is higher than for the same period at any point since records began in 2007.

Mr Pope said that had been achieved despite a six per cent drop in visitor numbers during November.

Highlights in that period included the Christmas lights switch-on, which saw the figures soar by more than a quarter after the event was moved to a Sunday afternoon from a Thursday evening.

A Halloween event also saw an 18 per cent increase in visitors.

And the year-on-year total was also up 2.3 per cent, despite the disruption caused by major improvement works carried out at the bus station over a three-month period last spring.