Published: 16:02, 20 June 2020
| Updated: 17:14, 20 June 2020
Shoppers have made the most of the nice weather and been on the hunt for deals on the first Saturday since non-essential stores were reopened.
Photographs show dozens of people in the centre of Maidstone today visiting retailers in Week Street and Fremlin Walk.
One visitor to the centre of town said: "Just popped into Maidstone and it's rammed today."
Meanwhile, pictures taken by local snapper Jo Court show Canterbury has been busy too.
A Primark security guard told her there had been a steady flow of shoppers all day.
The branch in the Wincheap Trading Estate was launching its closing down sale, as the chain prepares to shut all of its remaining stores.
Across the county on Monday, large queues were seen outside branches of Primark when they reopened.
One eager shopper in Gravesend was seen queuing outside the storemore than an hour before it was due to reopen, before being joined by dozens of others.
And on the same day at Westwood Cross in Broadstairs, queues of hundreds of shoppers desperate to get their hands on new clothes were snaking their way around the building.
Hannah Hathaway and Hannah Petts were among those waiting in the queue in the sweltering heat.
Miss Hathaway said she had a good reason for needing to shop, having shed a significant amount of weight during lockdown.
“I’ve lost three-and-a-half stone - I have no knickers that fit me,” she said.
“I’ve come down to get a new wardrobe and get a bargain.
"Because it’s cheap it seems sensible to come here to get some bits to keep me going for a few more months until I lose a bit more weight.”
The scenes in Maidstone and Canterbury today were a stark contrast to those seen before was lockdown eased.
Photographs taken in March and April showed a number of its most popular shopping thoroughfares completely empty.
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