‘It’s like a ghost town’: Seaside streets remain quiet on first weekend of lockdown
PUBLISHED: 08:13 08 November 2020 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 November 2020
Copyright: Archant 2020
The sun shone down on Cromer and Sheringham on the first weekend of lockdown, but despite the good weather, the beaches and streets remained quiet.
In Cromer, Trisha, 68, and Mike Millman, 69, said they thought the town was very quiet but were concerned that second home owners might have come to the area.
They said: “I’m not too worried, I’m just disappointed that people are still [coming to their second homes]. We saw it in the last lockdown.
The couple, who live in Northrepps and were in Cromer to visit the opticians, said they were surprised by how many businesses were open.
Mrs Millman said: “I’m quite surprised so many cafes are doing takeaway: last time there was only Costa, The Rock Shop and Crab Pot Cafe.”
Sally Townley, the manager of Huckleberries on Church Street, one of the cafes open for takeaways in Cromer, said: “We’ve had a few customers out and about but it’s quiet. I do think it’s just people popping out to Co-Op, dog walkers etc.
“Everyone that has come has been very positive. I think people are a bit more relaxed this time than before.”
Rose Votier, 76, from Cromer, out on the Pier on Saturday, said: “It’s much quieter, much better than it’s been, it’s been mad all summer, there’s a calmness about town [today].
“I think people are more relaxed in that we know it’s the second time around. The council has been more relaxed. They shut down the pier last time, but they haven’t done that now.
“So far it’s not so busy so maybe [people] are heeding the government advice,” she said.
In Sheringham, Maria and Jeff Herman, visiting the town from Hindringham, said they thought it was very quiet.
They said: “It feels like a ghost town. The economics for the shops is terrible.”
Jade Shackcloth, enjoying a walk on the beach with her husband and daughter, said there were more people out than she expected.
She said: “The town is busy. I regularly come to Sheringham. I came two weeks before lockdown and there was hardly anyone about. It’s a really nice day but it does seem quite busy - I think people are social distancing though.”
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