Shoppers in Sunderland made the most of their first opportunity to visit the high street as the national lockdown came to an end.
During lockdown all non-essential shops were closed along with bars and restaurants to slow down the transmission of Covid 19.
Now, all non-essential shops are allowed to open across all tiers allowing retailers the chance to make up for lost sales in what is usually their busiest time of the year.
Early birds who were keen to avoid the crowds and be first in line for Christmas goodies formed queues outside department stores in the city, including Primark on High Street West and TK Max on Crowtree Road.
After a quiet start the city soon began to get back to business as usual.
The Bridges shopping centre and Debenhams opened at 9am and were busy as a steady stream of cautious Christmas shoppers hit the streets in search of festive bargains, presents and most notably on everyone’s list – Christmas pyjamas.
Here is a gallery of pictures documenting shoppers in Sunderland city centre on first day out of lockdown.