Extended free car parking is being offered to shoppers in a number of Norfolk towns as Christmas approaches.

Every Saturday in December, shoppers are being given an extra free hour in pay and display car parks in south Norfolk's market towns - Wymondham, Loddon, Diss, Long Stratton and Harleston.

It means instead of the usual one hour free, visitors will get two. On all other days in December parking will be free after 4pm.

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Lisa Overton-Neal, South Norfolk Council's cabinet member for the economy, said: "We want people to shop local, put money into the pockets of our local retailers, help them grow, create jobs for local people and encourage our high streets to thrive.

“We have some fantastic independent shops that have everything you need for a wonderful Christmas.

"Pick up some fabulous gifts, like jewellery, chocolates, craft kits, unique art and sculpture, books, games, bikes and toys from our market towns.

"Our retailers have a wealth of knowledge and can advise you on the best products for you, or who you’re buying for."