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Thornham Deli director: Lockdown has taken toll but cemented role in community

Janie Thompson, one of the directors of Thornham Deli, a popular deli and lifestyle store on the North Norfolk coast, has talked openly about the emotional impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on herself as a leader, whose business is all about socialising, eating and drinking.

The Deli, in the heart of the village of Thornham, is one of the most popular eating and shopping spots in the region. It has taken a huge hit in the weeks following the Covid-19 restrictions, closing the restaurant and shop side of the business and taking a substantial economic loss in the process.

The business has adapted and changed its working practices in line with government guidelines but, with staff furloughed and the hospitality industry a long way from returning to normal, Thornham Deli has been involved in a fight for its very survival.

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