The first day back - life in Castleford after lockdown

As the glorious 12th got underway on the first day of the lockdown restrictions were eased, the good folk of Castleford were out and about in the town and enjoying the sunshine..

Monday, 12th April 2021, 6:24 pm
Crowds in Castleford enjoying the sunshine

There were queues outside Jo Taylor's Bank Street Barbers, the Sense charity shop on Carlton Street was doing a roaring trade and it seemed that everyone was just glad to be in the town centre again after the long winter.

Andy Russell manager of Jon Barrie Menswear on Carlton Street said the shop had seen a steady stream of customers throughout the day. He added: "We're very pleased to be back. When we closed we were selling our winter season so we had to restock with spring and summer stock before opening.

"Quite a few of our customers have been coming for jeans, among other things, and a lot have been coming in to buy things they have seen in our window while we've been closed."

A young violinist entertains the shoppers

Living Realms, on Sagar Street, which sells board, card, war and roleplay games has been continuing with online sales during lockdown. Founders Ryan Miles and Fabio Pinheiro have been busy over the past few weeks restocking and they have mounted a publicity campaign to let their customers know they are open again for sales or organised play events

Fabio Pinheiro said: "We have a very loyal community and we are really happy to welcome them back.

The Queen's Mill tea room is open and Yorkshire Craft Beer is having a popup bar outside the shop under a marquee on Thursday. It's a ticket only event so you'll need to book early.

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