Should shops open at Christmas?

NADV. Christmas lights on James Street in Harrogate. 101213GS5a.
NADV. Christmas lights on James Street in Harrogate. 101213GS5a.
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Questions have been raised in Harrogate over how appropriate it is for shops to open on Christmas Day.

Convenience store McColl’s, on King Edward’s Drive is one which has said it is to stay open across the holiday period.

But this has prompted an angry response from some, who say it is “mocking” this special occasion.

One resident, Matthew Lunn of Albany Road, said: “The only places that should be open on Christmas Day are for emergencies. Unions fought hard to have a shut down.

“Christmas Day is meant to be a special day and we are in danger of losing our tradition.”

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