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Huge queues of shoppers for last-minute Christmas supplies

Huge queues were spotted outside Marks and Spencer this morning as shoppers attempted to get last-minute items ahead of Christmas Day.

Long lines of socially-distanced customers could be seen outside Silverlink Retail Park, in North Tyneside, at 7am this morning, with the sky still dark.

While Taylors Butchers, in Sale, Cheshire, had a four-hour queue around the block as people started waiting for their turkeys at 6am.

Cheshire will be placed into tier three from Boxing Day, and North Tyneside is already under the restrictions.

People in both areas will be allowed to form bubbles with up to two other households on Christmas Day, after Boris Johnson cancelled the easing of restrictions between December 23 and 27.

Earlier this week there were fears that some Christmas items might run out, as France placed a ban on all travel from the UK, due to a new strain of Covid, believed to be up to 70% more infectious.




French officials reopened the borders on Wednesday, but now lorry drivers must undergo a Covid test and return a negative result before they are allowed to travel.

The process has now created a backlog of around 5,000 HGVs waiting to enter France. The Department for Transport (DfT) said 3,800 lorries were parked on a disused airfield site at Manston as of Wednesday morning.

Sainsbury’s confirmed that they had all their supplies for Christmas already in stock, but might run out of salad leaves, citrus fruits, lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli due to the delays at the border.

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