Across the country the 4th July became known as ‘Super Saturday’ as restaurants, pubs, hairdressers and barbers joined retailers in opening their doors once again to the public. This was no different in South West Norfolk where local MP Liz Truss marked the occasion by visiting a number of businesses in the constituency.
Liz commented ‘It was great to join Breckland Cllr Leader Sam Chapman-Allen and Town Mayor Mark Robinson in the centre of Thetford. There was a definite buzz in the town with ‘shop and eat with confidence’ very much the motto; hand sanitisers stations strategically located, additional outside seating provided and street hosts offering support, the message being ‘we are open for business’. Swaffham and Downham Market were also drawing in the shoppers and I noted that the barbers were proving extremely popular! I was also delighted to support Banham Zoo with their re-opening ; 1700 visitors had been booked in for the first official day and with additional measures in place across the whole site, visitors can safely enjoy a socially distanced day out.
Liz added ‘I appreciate that every business has had to adapt to a new way of operating, particularly the hospitality industry. This was something I discussed with Anwar and his team at Downham Tandoori as I enjoyed a sit down meal with fellow diners at the restaurant in Downham Market. During shutdown, as well as providing takeaways, they have also been preparing hundreds of appreciation meals for staff in local hospital and surgeries. This tremendous spirit has been replicated across the country and I know that without the incredible efforts of so many individuals, the covid lockdown would have been even harder for many people. Hopefully as more and more facilities, shops and attractions re-open, we can all adapt and support our local businesses and shop and eat with confidence.’
Photos: Liz Truss MP in Thetford with Breckland Council Leader Sam Chapman-Allen, Mayor Mark Robinson. Photo F Walker