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Shoppers flock downtown Kingston for Christmas bargains

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

Arthur Hall

Senior Staff Reporter

Downtown Kingston is now teeming with shoppers trying to get early bargains as day one of ‘Christmas in the City’ kicks off.

“So far last year this time we didn’t have this buzzing activity. We see where a lot of the stores were open from 8:30 this morning and I’m really looking forward to a great day in downtown Kingston,” Desmond McKenzie, Mayor of Kingston told The Gleaner shortly after nine this morning.

McKenzie was part of a Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) team making final preparations even as early vendors swarmed the stores.

King Street is closed to vehicular traffic causing some congestion on some roads but McKenzie is expecting that to be sorted out as soon as motorists become aware of the areas that they cannot drive.

“We have been meeting with the police extensively and they have put in an extensive amount of preparation for today’s operation but one of the things that is causing the breakdown in the traffic is where persons are trying to go into areas that they ought not to go and when they try to go there it means they will have to reverse onto the main road and it is causing some confusion,” McKenzie said.

“However, we are working on it and it will soon be sorted out,” added McKenzie.

Stores and vendors are offering discounts of between 20 and 70 per cent on a host of items during today’s shopping fiesta.