PICTURES: Bognor town centre comes to life as nonessential businesses reopen

Bognor town centre came roaring back to life today as nonessential businesses like pubs, cafes, high street shops and restaurants were allowed to open for the first time since Christmas. Read on for some of our best photos.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 7:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:48 am
The team at Bognor's Cancer Research UK charity shop, on High Street

Social distancing measures were in place, hand sanitiser was ubiquitous and pubs could only serve customers in outdoor areas, but none of that was enough to stop residents from supporting local businesses in their bid to recover from a long and difficult year.

Despite the optimism, Arun District Council has urged members of the public to stay safe as they shop, urging customers to follow one way systems, observe social distancing guidelines and wear masks as they shop, even if they have received the first or both of their Covid-19 vaccines.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is that everyone continues to follow the safety guidelines in order to keep everyone safe. This is only step 2 in the 4-step government road map out of lockdown, so we can’t afford to let the good work slip now. We must all work together to ensure that we don’t see a spike in infection rates once again so that we continue to move steadily in the right direction.” Said Nigel Lynn, CEO at Arun District Council.

The Dolphin Cafe, on Waterloo Square
The team at Grandad's Front Room
The team at Grandad's Front Room
Justina Payne, owner of Tina's Barber Shop on High Street
Justina Payne, owner of Tina's Barbershop on High Street
Enjoying a drink at the William Hardwicke
Luke and his partner, the new owners of The Alex were heartened by the warm weather
Luke and Harri at Punch and Judy, a pub on High Street
The team at Mitchell's Travel, on London Road
Meringues on sale at Mitchell's Cafe, in Bognor Regis
Staff at Mitchell's Travel, a travel agency and Cafe on London Road
Polkadot Stripe, on London Road
Stock at Polkadot Stripes on London Road
The outside of The London Road Coffee Shop
Taking a seat at the London Road Coffee Shop
Interacting with customers outside the London Road Coffee Shop
DM21040301a.jpg. Bognor Regis shops reopen. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-210413-190141008
Serving a Coffee at the London Road Coffee Shop
Staff at the Syrup Cafe
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Catching a break outside the Syrup Cafe
Jason Passingham, owner of Heygates Bookshop was delighted to reopen
Stacked shelves at Heygates Bookshop
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Staff at Unique Knit and Sew
The shop is a hotspot for preloved books
The outside of The Little Florist
DM21040294a.jpg. Bognor Regis shops reopen. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-210413-190045008
Flowers in The Little Florist on Bedford Street
DM21040295a.jpg. Bognor Regis shops reopen. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-210413-190056008
Escape 2 Vape, a vape shop on Richmond Road
Simone Thompson, owner of Escape 2 Vape on Richmond Road