Hunstanton businesses report a boost in trade due to visitors

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A busy weekend was seen in Hunstanton as thousands of people descended on the town to look at the body of the whale.

Car parks in the town were packed and businesses in the area reported a boost in trade from the visiting crowds.

Alan Sutton, of Bear’s Fish and Chips, in Le Strange Avenue, estimates a 50 per cent increase.

He said: “It was a busy weekend for us. On Sunday, it was like a Bank Holiday.

“People who haven’t been to Hunstanton for years came into the shop.”

Staff at Norfolk Deli also had a busy weekend due to the visitors.

Owner Rosie Kacary said: “We don’t want it to happen every year and it is a horrible tragic event.

“It is something that we rather didn’t happen but it was very busy over Saturday and Sunday.

“We have only been here for two years and it seemed extraordinary that people were coming to look at it.”

Mike Russen, secretary of Hunstanton Chamber of Trade, said the town had been busy over the weekend.

He said: “It is a sad occasion but it has brought a lot of people to the town.

“The Clifftop car park has been pretty full.

“If people come to the town there is potential for business.”

A sperm whale beached in Hunstanton in 2011 which also brought a tidal wave of visitors to the town.

The 55ft whale washed up on Christmas Eve and attracted a lot of attention.

During this period, the Clifftop car park took £4,022 compared with £837 in 2010.