While others were sleeping off their Christmas dinner, savvy shoppers in South Shields made the most of the Boxing Day sales.
Festive bargain hunters headed to the town’s Waterloo Square early on Boxing Day to look through the sales.
Heading out early has become an annual tradition for sisters Pauline Laidler and Linda Brennan.
The siblings, who both live on Mile End Road, South Shields, headed out at 6am on Boxing Day for their first round of shopping, then back home for a pitstop before heading back to the shops at 9am.
Pauline, 63, a gran-of-two, said: “We were here before 6am to queue up to get into Next. We come together every year, usually at 5am but we came a bit later this time.”
Linda, 66, a gran-of-three, added: “We love a bargain and always enjoy the sales. It’s a big part of our Christmas.”
It’s a bit of a tradition for us but we’ve got a special reason to shop this year because Abbie is pregnant.Georgia Brown
Sisters Abbie and Georgia Brown, from the Nook, South Shields, had a special reason to hit the sales this year.
Abbie, 19, is pregnant with her first child, and younger sister Georgia, 18, a nursery nurse was equally-excited to buy clothes for her future niece.
Georgia said: “It’s a bit of a tradition for us but we’ve got a special reason to shop this year because Abbie is pregnant.”
Abbie added: “I’ve been buying clothes, a cot, a pram and all sorts in the sales. It was a great opportunity to get things in.”