Eager Boxing Day bargain hunters in Norwich receive social media criticism

Hundreds of peopel queueing to get into the Next sale this morning

Hundreds of peopel queueing to get into the Next sale this morning - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people flocked into Norwich city centre this morning for the Boxing Day sales, with some eager bargain hunters having queued from the early hours.

When Next in Hayhill opened its doors at 6am this morning, more than 300 people were queueing outside.

The first person in the queue was Chelsea, a 24-year-old mum-of-two from Norwich, who joined the queue at 1.30am.

She said: 'I need clothes for my children so I joined the queue as early as I could - I even brought a chair.'

Stores across the city have been gradually opening their doors, with many others also opting for earlier opening hours than a normal Saturday.

Major chain stores have slashed prices by up to 50pc.

However, the decisions of those that opted for have opted for early morning shops have come under criticism on social media.

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Simon Marjoram (@solarsimon) said: 'Nobody needs to camp outside Next. Spend the time with your family, not buying cheap jeans.'

Darren Coleman (darrencoleman31) said: 'Seriously, it's Christmas, Stay home and celebrate with the family, we don't get enough time to do that.'

Jason Shelton (@JShelton_VW) said: 'It should be a day for the family. I respect John Lewis for not opening.'

Meanwhile, others described the queues as 'a sorry state of affairs' and 'mental'.