Revellers hit the town ahead of xmas

Hardy revellers across Britain have braved lockdown restrictions, freezing temperatures and even the mutant Covid virus to enjoy a few hours of freedom. 

 In York, a number of people dressed in festive garb were spotted in the city centre, though numbers were definitely down on previous years. 

Several people posed, though with shops reporting massive decreases in footfall compared with last Christmas Eve, it was hardly surprising there were less people out at night. 

This woman in York was one of the few people spotted getting into the Christmas spirit hours before the arrival of Santa

This woman in York was one of the few people spotted getting into the Christmas spirit hours before the arrival of Santa

This woman in York was one of the few people spotted getting into the Christmas spirit hours before the arrival of Santa 

With bars and restaurants across the country closed and restrictions on meeting with people from other households, many decided to avoid going out

With bars and restaurants across the country closed and restrictions on meeting with people from other households, many decided to avoid going out

With bars and restaurants across the country closed and restrictions on meeting with people from other households, many decided to avoid going out

Others enjoyed a quiet night in a restaurant ahead of tomorrow's big day

Others enjoyed a quiet night in a restaurant ahead of tomorrow's big day

Others enjoyed a quiet night in a restaurant ahead of tomorrow’s big day 

A pub which had been closed for several months because of Covid-19 lockdowns has had to shut again due to flooding days before Christmas.

The Toby Carvery at Over, near Gloucester, had reopened in July after the first national lockdown and then closed again during the second lockdown in November.

The pub, which is also known as The Dog at Over, would only have been able to serve takeaways from Boxing Day as Gloucestershire is moving into Tier 3.

Bookings for Christmas Day are being cancelled as the pub announced it would be closed until further notice.

Pictures posted on social media showed the pub flooded by the River Severn for the second time since previous floods in February.

Also flooded was Over Farm shop, which is located near to the pub on the A40 connecting the Forest of Dean to Gloucester.

Rees Keene, a partner in the business, said the area was still flooded but the water was receding.

In a video message, Mr Keene stands in the flooded shop saying even his wellies are full of water.

‘I’m at the back of the shop and I’ve never seen anything like this,’ he said.

Mr Keene said staff had been helping police trying to turn cars around in the car park and described the scenes as ‘carnage’.

‘We had to close the road ourselves and every time a car drives through it is like a foot waterfall. Happy 2020,’ he added.

This woman wearing a Santa hat and a mask walked through York City Centre

This woman wearing a Santa hat and a mask walked through York City Centre

This woman wearing a Santa hat and a mask walked through York City Centre 

Major shopping areas reported fewer customers while only a mall percentage of people risked venturing out for a walk

Major shopping areas reported fewer customers while only a mall percentage of people risked venturing out for a walk

Major shopping areas reported fewer customers while only a mall percentage of people risked venturing out for a walk

Ordinarily on Christmas Eve these streets would be filled with revellers enjoying a few drinks before going home for the festivities

Ordinarily on Christmas Eve these streets would be filled with revellers enjoying a few drinks before going home for the festivities

Ordinarily on Christmas Eve these streets would be filled with revellers enjoying a few drinks before going home for the festivities 

A woman wearing a santa ha posed on a cobbled street with a friend

A woman wearing a santa ha posed on a cobbled street with a friend

A woman wearing a santa ha posed on a cobbled street with a friend

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to stay at home at Christmas to help stop the spread of Covid-19 - and especially its new mutant variant

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to stay at home at Christmas to help stop the spread of Covid-19 - and especially its new mutant variant

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to stay at home at Christmas to help stop the spread of Covid-19 – and especially its new mutant variant

High street retailers have taken a battering this year in the wake of the Covid restrictions. Pictured is Northumberland Street today

High street retailers have taken a battering this year in the wake of the Covid restrictions. Pictured is Northumberland Street today

High street retailers have taken a battering this year in the wake of the Covid restrictions. Pictured is Northumberland Street today 

Shoppers on Northumberland street in Newcastle city centre this afternoon doing their shopping on Christmas Eve

Shoppers on Northumberland street in Newcastle city centre this afternoon doing their shopping on Christmas Eve

Shoppers on Northumberland street in Newcastle city centre this afternoon doing their shopping on Christmas Eve 

In Tier 4 areas overall footfall was down by 27% from last week, while in Tier 1 the number of people in town centres rose by a quarter, according to Springboard data

In Tier 4 areas overall footfall was down by 27% from last week, while in Tier 1 the number of people in town centres rose by a quarter, according to Springboard data

In Tier 4 areas overall footfall was down by 27% from last week, while in Tier 1 the number of people in town centres rose by a quarter, according to Springboard data

Footfall across all bricks and mortar retail sites in the UK was 40% lower today than on Christmas Eve last year, with central London seeing a 79% plunge following the closure of essential shops

Footfall across all bricks and mortar retail sites in the UK was 40% lower today than on Christmas Eve last year, with central London seeing a 79% plunge following the closure of essential shops

Footfall across all bricks and mortar retail sites in the UK was 40% lower today than on Christmas Eve last year, with central London seeing a 79% plunge following the closure of essential shops

Businesses selling food are allowed to stay open for takeaways as they are counted as essential businesses. Pictured is the Market Porter, a pub inside the market

Businesses selling food are allowed to stay open for takeaways as they are counted as essential businesses. Pictured is the Market Porter, a pub inside the market

Businesses selling food are allowed to stay open for takeaways as they are counted as essential businesses. Pictured is the Market Porter, a pub inside the market 

People enjoying a takeaway drink in Borough Market, central London, where there were thousands of visitors today

People enjoying a takeaway drink in Borough Market, central London, where there were thousands of visitors today

People enjoying a takeaway drink in Borough Market, central London, where there were thousands of visitors today 

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