Tills were ringing in Hartlepool’s shopping centres as bargain hunters came out in force for the traditional Boxing Day sales.
Clothes and electrical items were the big draw for shoppers looking to snap up a bargain and take advantage of big discounts.
Middleton Grange shopping centre said it has had a busy day despite the bad weather with some shoppers queuing from 7.30am to get in.
They were attracted by discounts of up to 50% off at high street names including River Island and JD Sports.
Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange manager, said the centre saw footfall typical of a busy Saturday despite the Christmas holidays.
He said: “We were witnessing queues from about 7.30am for the likes of River Island, JD Sports and also Card Factory, interestingly, which had a sale on Christmas decorations.
“In general it is fashion that has been the strongest draw in Middleton Grange. Not everyone came out all at once, they spread it out.
“Despite the weather the car parks were healthy. I think the free all day parking was key.
Students Nathan Keers and Dylan Martin, both aged 18, were among shoppers who took home some bargains from JD Sports and River Island.
Nathan, of the Fens, said: "I came down just to get some nice clothes while all the deals are on. I spent about £40."
Friend Dylan, from Middlesbrough, said: "I'm happy with what I got. I got about 30% off."
The town’s Anchor Retail Park, on Marina Way, was also hectic for stores like Next, which opened at 6am, and PC World.
Amanda Byrne, of King Oswy, Hartlepool, took advantage of the Next sale along with daughter Emily and mum Maureen Shepherd.
She said: “I just came down for a quick look and to bring some boots back for my husband that didn’t fit him.
“Then when you are down you have a look. I got some bits and pieces and my mum got a few tops.”