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Businesses in West Norfolk who might have feared a downturn in trade this summer are reporting good custom.

Some are saying that takings are up on a normal summer because people have not been holidaying abroad due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the season has been extended due to the majority of children being off school for much longer than the usual six-week holiday.

For Jane Wallis, who owns fish and chip shop Henry’s of Hunstanton and The Pavilion toy shop, cafe and ice cream parlour, it has come as a huge relief.

The beach and promenade during a busy day in Hunstanton
The beach and promenade during a busy day in Hunstanton

“All of the businesses have been booming and I’m very glad,” she said. “It looks like everyone’s come to the coast and we’ve had a really good summer.

“Yes, we all understand that the virus is still out there but with restrictions on travel and quarantine issues, I think people have been drawn to places here where it’s a bit more spacious.

“It’s certainly been busier than I might have expected.”

Henry's of Hunstanton, 15 The Green, owner of new fish and chip shop business Jane Wallis at the shop, with the views of the green and the sea
Henry's of Hunstanton, 15 The Green, owner of new fish and chip shop business Jane Wallis at the shop, with the views of the green and the sea

Jane said she was very thankful for the level of government support during the 12 weeks that her businesses were closed and hopes the trading momentum can continue into the autumn.

“I’m quite optimistic the way things are going that September should be good and it could stretch into October and November and through til Christmas.”

Meanwhile, couple Tim and Katie Hearth have also been pleased with custom at their Hunstanton businesses. Tim runs The Lighhouse Cafe and Katie has been busy at upmarket clothes shop Heroes.

Tim said: “We’ve certainly benefited from everybody staycationing and the holiday houses being full. It’s a relief because we weren’t sure whether people would venture out but the weather has been good too which has helped to encourage people.

“The Eat Out to Help Out scheme was a fantastic initiative.

“And Katie’s been really busy at Heroes because people didn’t go out and spend for two to three months. She was obviously sceptical but has been really pleased since reopening.”

Just along the coast, Snettisham Park has not had its usual summer takings due to visitor numbers for one popular tractor and trailor ride attraction having to be cut by a third.

Receptionist Ebony Ransome said: “It’s not been too bad.

“We’ve not had to limit numbers on the farm but the Deer Safari would usually have 30 people on it but that’s had 20.”

Soft play and indoor play centres have been some of the last attractions to reopen since lockdown began to ease.

Farmer Fred’s Adventure Play Barn in Heacham says it is planning to reopen on Monday, September 28.



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