Sun­day trad­ing plans were up in the air

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

The whole ques­tion of Sun­day trad­ing on Wear­side was thrown back into the melt­ing pot.

Home Of­fice Min­is­ter Ti­mothy Rai­son said the govern­ment wanted to see no more pros­e­cu­tions against shop­keep­ers who open on a Sun­day,

He said that, al­though the re­vi­sion of the Shops Act was not in­cluded in the list of pro­pos­als out­lined in the Queens Speech, the Govern­ment would pro­vide draft­ing as­sis­tance for any MP who wanted to spon­sor leg­is­la­tion through Par­lia­ment which would re­sult in the re­peal of the 1950 act.

The peo­ple of Sun­der­land gave a gen­eral thumbs-up to Sun­day trad­ing al­though some came with reser­va­tions.

Michael and Rose­mary Wil­liams, from Ful­well, wel­comed leg­is­la­tion which would al­low the move and said it was a very good idea, es­pe­cially as Mr Wil­liams worked shifts.

Bus driver Lawrence Smith said he had sym­pa­thy for any of the staff who would have to work the ex­tra shifts and said he thought the shops should stay closed.

But Jane Mosley sug­gested some shops should stay open but not the big stores.

The 4th Field Reg­i­ment, Royal Ar­tillery parad­ing its colours through the cen­tre of Sun­der­land.

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