Huge queues at Bransbury Park Butchers in Portsmouth in run-up to Christmas

Shoppers are facing long queues at a butcher in Portsmouth as residents rush to get their Christmas turkey.

Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 2:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 4:59 pm

The line outside the Bransbury Park Butchers in Eastney Road is snaking around the corner.

Sisters Sharon Graham, 59, and Lorraine Graham, 61, have been waiting for more than 45 minutes to get into the store.

They are waiting to get their hands on a turkey as well as pigs in blankets.

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Queue outside Bransbury Park Butchers in Eastney. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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The sisters told The News’ photographer they are planning to spend Christmas at home with family.

Portsmouth will be in tier four for December 25, meaning it will be a much smaller occasion for residents.

The planned easing of rules for Christmas have been axed for the city, with no bubbles allowed.

Left Sharon Graham, 59, and right Lorraine Graham 61, waiting in the queue. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Robin Jackson, 45, who has also been standing in line, added: ‘I’m getting duck and other bits of meat, might as well make it worthwhile for waiting.

‘I will be pretty much staying inside (for Christmas), things happen don’t they.’

He said that since the tier four restrictions came in place he has been staying home and playing video games on his PC.

Robin Jackson, 45, waiting in the queue. Picture: Habibur Rahman

There were also queues reported at other butchers, such as Grover Butchers in Bishop's Waltham.

Shoppers have been warned against panic buying following the introduction of tier four restrictions.

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