Med is left in the shade as town starts to sizzle

(l-r) Angela Huxstep, 68, of Hallam Close, Bessacarr and Louise Huxstep, 42, of Victoria Road, Balby, enjoy the blue skies with their sunglasses on during the hot weather in Doncaster. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Angela Huxstep, 68, of Hallam Close, Bessacarr and Louise Huxstep, 42, of Victoria Road, Balby, enjoy the blue skies with their sunglasses on during the hot weather in Doncaster. Picture: Andrew Roe

BUSINESS was booming as the streets of Doncaster filled with sun-worshipping shoppers enjoying the onset of summer.

Folk swapped their sweaters and brollies for shorts and T-shirts as temperatures soared into the mid 20s - matching or even eclipsing the likes of Mediterranean hotspots such as Majorca, Portugal and Ibiza.

Just weeks after flood warnings were in force on the River Don the town centre was packed with shoppers and workers soaking up some rays.

Mum and daughter Angela and Louise Huxstep, made the most of a day off from their busy working daily lives on Tuesday

“This type of weather is lovely, I just absolutely love it. It is fantastic to be outside when it’s so sunny,” said Mrs Huxstep, 68, a charity shop volunteer of Hallam Close, Bessacarr.

Her daughter, 42, of Victoria Road, Balby, was in town before her late shift at Fish Bits in Carr House Road.

She added: “It’s just nice to be able to get outside when the weather is so nice.

“It was a bit of a shock because the weather has been awful lately with flooding and everything else.

“My mum’s a bit of a sun-worshipper too and we’ve been using the sun to get our base tans ready for our holiday to Cyprus soon.”

The weather also made the difference for Rebecca Storey, owner of Masserrolli’s in Market Place, who could not stop selling ice cream, drinks and food.

The 39-year-old said: “We absolutely love the sun because it improves business so much.

“Everybody seems happier when it’s sunny and they just seem to have more time in their days to sit and chat outside.

“We’ve definitely noticed a difference in terms of business, we’ve sold so much ice-cream this week which has been fantastic.

Market stalls were also packed with customers wanting to stock up on their salad items and fresh fruit to quench their thirsts.

Pete Clarkson, 37, a town centre trader, said: “Everyone wants to come out and enjoy the weather when it’s hot and they just seem in a better mood about everything.

“When it was flooding or whenever it rains, there’s hardly any customers about so we’ve certainly noticed a difference this week.

“A lot of people seemed to be buying salad and soft fruit.”

Paul Hudson, BBC Look North weatherman, added: “Fine weather looks set to last well into next week – but at the moment the jubilee weekend is looking much more unsettled.”