Norwich city centre escapes major damage from Storm Doris, but business owners count cost

Carrie Cohen at Couture Coffee Truck outside Castle Mall. Photo by James Carr.

Carrie Cohen at Couture Coffee Truck outside Castle Mall. Photo by James Carr. - Credit: James Carr.

Norwich city centre is today assessing the damage after Storm Doris hit the region.

Caffé Nero, on Gentleman's Walk, was forced to close between 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm after the glass in the entrance door was damaged.

Branch manager Andrej Zyla, 34, said: 'A gust of wind caught the door as a customer walked in and it smashed against the wall.'

Mr Zyla added: 'Luckily the door was made of safety glass, otherwise the shop would have been filled with pieces of glass.'

The branch was closed until an engineer could attend the scene and make the door safe to use.

The automatic doors of the Castle Meadow entrance to Castle Mall were also out of order due to damage sustained from Storm Doris.

The manual doors beside them spent most of the day blown open as the constant gusts of the wind blew debris and rubbish into the mall.

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Carrie Cohen, 37, of Couture Coffee, which sets up directly outside the Castle Meadow entrance, decided not to set up her cart at all yesterday as it 'would have been blown away.'

She acknowledged that she 'missed out on a day's work' but felt that if she had set up it simply would have been too dangerous.

The cart is made of fibreglass and transported on the back of a trailer so was likely to be damaged by the winds.

All of the stalls at Norwich Market closed early for the day yesterday.

With the last remaining stall said to have closed at 3.45 pm, nearly two hours before the usual 5.30 pm finish. The wind was a constant issue for those working at the market. One stall owner complained that 'leaves and rubbish were being blown in as fast as we could sweep them out'.

The City Centre was lucky to escape relatively undamaged especially when compared with other areas of the region.

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