Fort William’s High Street starts to come back to life after lockdown

Nevis Bakery was among the shops reopening this week. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F27-Reopening-Nevis-Bakery-02.jpg
Nevis Bakery was among the shops reopening this week. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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It was still quiet in Fort William’s High Street at the start of this week, despite non-essential retailers now being allowed to open their doors following a relaxation of more coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Gallery in the Fort was among the shops open again. Photograph: Iain Fegruson, alba.photos NO-F27-Reopening-Gallery-in-the-Fort-scaled.jpg
Gallery in the Fort was among the shops open again. Photograph: Iain Fegruson, alba.photos

However, the wet weather at the start of the week will have dissuaded some shoppers from braving the elements and things are expected to get busier as we approach the easing of restrictions on tourism businesses from tomorrow (Friday).

Shoppers were pleased to see the popular Granite House was open again. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F27-Reopening-Granite-House-scaled.jpg
Shoppers were pleased to see the popular Granite House was open again. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

Among the local businesses once again welcoming customers was Nevis Bakery on the High Street. owner Archie Paterson told the Lochaber Times: ‘It is not a great day to open with the rain teaming down, but hopefully it will dry up shortly.

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Staff in the Nevis Bakery shop were welcoming customers back. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

‘I’m not to sure how things will go, but we have to start somewhere. I think it will take a couple of weeks to get back to normal and we need a spell of good weather to get things moving again.’

The Highland Bookshop staff were delighted to be open again. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F27 Reopening The Highland Bookshop
The Highland Bookshop staff were delighted to be open again. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos