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Quiet start to Black Friday early morning sales in Kirklees

There were much smaller queues at Curry PC World and Batley's Tesco Extra, in sharp contrast to last year's sales madness

Black Friday sales have got off to a quiet start in Kirklees.

Only small, polite queues of early morning sales hunters were seen at two of the first stores to open their doors, Huddersfield 's Currys PC World and Batley's Tesco Extra , in a sharp contrast to the scenes of mayhem from last year.

Around 20 people got up from 4am to be amongst the first in the queue at the Currys in the Great Northern Retail Park and waited patiently for the shop to open at 6am.

Meanwhile, around 50 shoppers stood in a line outside the Tesco superstore, which opened at 5am.

Increased Black Friday deals on the internet appear to have kept many people away from coming to the stores in person.

Basharat Mohammed, first person in the queue at Currys PC World in Huddersfield for Black Friday sales

First in the queue at Currys, which took part in the sales for the second year running, was Lockwood man Basharat Mohammed, 35, who took his place directly outside the front door at 5am.

He said: "I thought there was going to be a big queue like last year when we came so wanted to get here early to beat it.

"I am quite surprised how quiet it is.

"I'm looking for a TV and wanted to come to the store so I could see what I like best rather than just buy it online and am hoping for some good discounts".

Black Friday Currys PC World shoppers Mohammed Attique, Mohammed Hasib

Father and son duo Mohammed Attique, 40, and Mohammed Hasib, 17, also arrived at 5am and sat in their car until it neared 6am.

They wanted to find a tablet and a TV for Christmas presents.

Hasib, from Cobcroft Road in Birkby, said: "It's a bit exciting but I don't see why we need two sales so close to each other.

"I think it would be better if shops just stuck to the Boxing Day sales because that's when people have some Christmas money to spend".

Amongst the other items shoppers were hoping to buy were lap tops, washing machines, and mobile phones.

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One, who did not want to be named, had woken up at 5am to try find a discounted soup blender.

Currys PC World team leader Shabaz Mian said he anticipated less crowds at the store than last year.

He said: "Last year we opened up at 8am for our first Black Friday sales and it was really busy so this year we decided to open at 6am to try reduce the queues and all our staff are working today.

"This year a lot of people have also been reserving discounted products online so these people are only those who have come in off the street.

"We've had great sales all week and I love working during this time because it gets your adrenaline going".

Meanwhile, Batley Tesco, which opened at 5am, saw nothing like the frenzied sale grabbing of last year.

One Bargain hunter, who did not wish to be named, said: "There was a queue of about 50 people waiting at 5.50am.

Customers queue outside Batley Tesco for the Black Friday early opening

"They let half in first then let the rest in, they said it was so there wasn't any trouble.

"Eveyone had half an hour to get what they wanted.

"It was nothing like last year when everyone was manic, it was just like a normal day.

"Maybe people aren't that bothered for Black Friday any more".


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