This was the scene on Monday, as non-essential shops were given the go-ahead to reopen for the first time since lockdown measures were introduced three months ago.

The blue skies and warm temperatures helped lure residents outside, leaving Andover’s High Street bustling once more.

Georgina Roberts, owner of Mooch, on Bridge Street, said: “The High Street looks busier than before we closed.”

This change to the lockdown policy is part of the government’s plan to unlock the country and reboot the economy.

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- County’s first black firefighter speaks out on racism in brigade

- Tips users welcome new booking system

- Ducklings rehomed as fishery steps in to help charity

- Cancer patient’s treatment on hold due to Covid crisis

- New family business blooms after setting up during lockdown

- Council seeks High Court injunction to prohibit traveller camps

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- Two pages of YOUR letters

- And much, much more

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