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Fears of second spike as people flock to Norfolk coast

PUBLISHED: 08:07 25 June 2020 | UPDATED: 16:14 25 June 2020

The A149 in Snettisham to Hunstanton has a queue running from west of King’s Lynn all the way to Hunstanton. Picture: Andrew Waddison AWPR

The A149 in Snettisham to Hunstanton has a queue running from west of King’s Lynn all the way to Hunstanton. Picture: Andrew Waddison AWPR

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Visitors are on the increase at a Norfolk coastal resort that gained national attention thanks to Boris Johnson.

Hunstanton mayor Tony Bishopp is appealing for people to 'go local' to support their town  Picture: Jemma GreefHunstanton mayor Tony Bishopp is appealing for people to 'go local' to support their town Picture: Jemma Greef

Hunstanton has seen a rise in visitors a day after Boris Johnson mentioned the town during Prime Minister’s Questions.

He said the public should take a staycation in Hunstanton, in response to a question from North-West Norfolk MP James Wild in the House of Commons.

Town mayor Tony Bishopp said he saw lots of cars coming into the town on the A149 when he was out exercising on Wednesday morning.

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Overcast skies over an almost empty promenade at Hunstanton on May 12, the day before lockdown was first partially lifted.  Picture: Chris BishopOvercast skies over an almost empty promenade at Hunstanton on May 12, the day before lockdown was first partially lifted. Picture: Chris Bishop

Andrew Waddison also saw the increase in traffic, tweeting a picture of a long traffic queue heading into Hunstanton.

Mr Bishopp said: “As a town, we need the people back to get the economy going. We are a seaside town, this is how we survive and thrive. Let’s hope everyone adheres to the rules.”

The mayor added: “I think there could be a second spike with the holidaymakers coming, it could cause a spike, that is why it’s important that people still social distance.

“But, opening up again has got to happen sometime.

People walking along the promenade in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian BurtPeople walking along the promenade in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

“If we lose the whole season we will have a lot more businesses go under and that’s not good for anything.”

Evie Armstrong, 18, manager of the old town beach cafe, believed a second spike was bound to happen.

“I’m quite certain there will be a second wave, it’s the socialising outside your household which I have seen loads off.”

Miss Armstrong said that Wednesday had been the busiest day since the cafe reopened offering takeaways three weeks ago.

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She said that people coming to the coast was always going to happen.

“It was bound to come. The weather is nice - I understand why people are coming to the beach.

However, she claimed there were a lot of people not following social distancing, adding: “People are not keeping their distance. They are coming a bit too close and hand sanitiser stations that we have everywhere, I’ve only seen a few people use them.”


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