Thousands of last minute shoppers cram county stores

Large amounts of last-minute Christmas shoppers have took to the streets today (Monday December 24) in a bid to finish of their shopping lists, despite the torrid weather conditions.

The Newlands Centre, in Kettering, Willow Place, in Corby, and Swansgate shopping centre, in Wellingborough, have seen huge amounts of footfall already today and are expecting to see the tills continue to ping throughout the afternoon.

Neil Griffin, manager of the Newlands Centre, said that the store was really busy as it entered “silly season.”

He said: “It’s manic here today and there’s people everywhere.

“Despite the bad weather conditions, people have come out to get their last bits and pieces.

“It’s really busy and I don’t know why. I suppose we are at an advantage because we are indoors - people can come in here, do their shopping, and escape the rain at the same time.”

“ It seems as though a lot more people have left it late this year because of how busy we are.

“We normally start winding down here at 3:30pm to let people go home for Christmas, but I think we will busy for the long haul this year.”

Meanwhile, Corby Town Centre Manager Dan Pritchard said that there are lots of people braving the bad weather to shop around Willow Place.

He said:” Despite the worst weather conditions you can imagine, we are experiencing really busy trade today.

“After seeing the forecast, and now the reality, we were fearful that we would not be as busy as we hoped.

“But the people of Corby, and surrounding areas, have turned up in force and shown the town support.”

Elsewhere, Swansgate shopping centre is experiencing busy trade as shoppers pack out the centre looking for the last minute bargains.

The video above shows the footfall through the centre.