All-night queues for that elu­sive bar­gain

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

Avid bar­gain hun­ters had an all night party on the pave­ment of Fawcett Street as they waited for the long-an­tic­i­pated sales to get un­der way.

Post-Christ­mas sale stal­warts queued for as long as 26 hours in the cold.

The hardy shop­pers got their po­si­tion out­side of stores in Sun­der­land’s town cen­tre after de­cid­ing the price was right for knock­down fur­ni­ture.

Peo­ple brought flasks and sleep­ing bags, and sang car­ols in the far from silent night be­fore the stores opened their doors.

Mrs Irene Gair of Hen­don, started the vigil at 8am on Box­ing Day, and was pre­par­ing to make the all-im­por­tant dash for the 10am open­ing, when we saw her.

Help­ing to keep morale high was her son Gor­don, 13, and his 15-year-old cousin Peter Trusty.

Were you one of those who took to the streets to make sure you got the best deal?

What do you re­mem­ber of the oc­ca­sion and what bar­gains did you grab?

Which stores did you wait to get into?

Email chris.cord­[email protected] jpi­me­ with your mem­o­ries.

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