Glorious Spring weather would normally have seen Brigg town centre attracting scores of market day shoppers, but the Coronavirus emergency put paid to that yesterday (Thursday March 26).
North Lincolnshire Council went ahead with the market - exempt from current emergency restrictions, along with other indoor and outdoor markets across the UK.
But with so many shops of various kinds ordered to close by the government, it felt more like a Sunday in the town centre yesterday, with relatively few people venturing out.
There were some notable exceptions - long queues of folk, complying with 'social distancing' and waiting to be admitted to the Tesco store, off Barnard Avenue, a few at a time.
Lidl, on Atherton Way, was also busy.
Market stalls open for business yesterday offered fruit & veg and pies and cakes. A van selling Grimsby fish was also in place near the Buttercross (see picture above).
The Market Place stalls were arranged well apart. However, one erected near the Angel building remained unoccupied (pictured above).
Some people, seeing the shutters down at our B&M store, are assuming it's closed but this is not the case. The store is open and the metal grilles are being lowered to assist the control of shoppers entering from the Springs Parade car park.
Brigg Lauderette, on Elwes Street, is still operating. The management have asked us to stress that although it is no longer able to offer self-service laundry, it is still providing service washes and ironing.
The laundrette provides a valuable service to people unable to wash their own clothes and bedding, including the elderly and infirm.
Today (Friday) should have seen the first Brigg FoodFest being staged in the town centre by North Lincolnshire Council, but it was cancelled some time ago.
Please note that it's off. Some people who entered this event long ago in their mobile phone 'organiser' will have received reminder alerts about the Fest yesterday and today.
Remember that all Brigg pubs - by order - will remain closed this weekend, with all sporting fixtures cancelled.
|Not many people out and about in Brigg Market Place (above) and Wrawby Street (below) mid-morning on Thursday, March 26, 2020.|