Sutton rocking as restrictions lifted
“It’s like a carnival out there”, said one businessman returning from his first shopping trip to Sutton Coldfield town centre in months. “There’s crowds of people everywhere, ” he added.
He was, of course, referring to the latest relaxation of lockdown rules, which saw hundreds of people flock into the town and fill the pub gardens in what another observer described as like a VE Day celebration.
In the town centre, both The Station and The Town House, formerly The Royal, were packed out in their gardens.
But in a sobering reminder, just down the road at Sutton town hall, vaccinations were still taking place.
The reopening of non-essential shops, pubs, hairdressers and gyms and other venues was blessed with fine weather as the sun shone on drinkers and shoppers.
Not all pubs have reopened with some waiting for a further relaxation next month when, Covid cases permitting, people will be allowed back inside, but for those that did open it was boom time.
In Four Oaks, The Butlers Arms, The Crown, The Old School House and Wetherspoons were doing a roaring trade is people wrapped up against the early spring chill.
It seemed, however, that many had thrown caution to the wind, with social distancing being at best patchy and in some cases non existent.
But for Sutton businesses and those across the rest of the UK, it is a welcome release from the icy grip of winter and the death grip of the coronavirus.
Fingers crossed we have seen the last of lockdown and there are better times ahead.