SHOPPERS queued in their thousands to snap up a Boxing Day bargain at Broughton Shopping Park and Eagles Meadow in Wrexham.

More than 2,000 people started queuing from 3am outside the Next store at Eagles Meadow in Wrexham.

By 6am, when staff threw open the doors, the queue snaked right around the shopping centre.

And there were similar scenes at Broughton Shopping Park.

Eagles Meadow manager Kevin Critchley said the number of shoppers who queued through the night was an all-time record for the centre.

“I have never seen so many people willing to get up so early in search of bargains at Next,” he said on Boxing Day.

“We have had an exceptionally busy run-up to Christmas and business has been very brisk throughout the centre during the day.

“We have some very happy shoppers – a lot of people have saved themselves hundreds of pounds, so it really was worth the effort.

“And there are plenty of bargains left!”

First in line for the Next sale at Eagles Meadow were Claire Edwards, Debbie Griffiths, Natasha Griffiths and Hannah La’Course, who arrived at 3am.

Debbie said: “It’s mental but we need to be in there the minute they open.

“It’s definitely worth being here as early as you can and you need to be at the front of the queue to get the best bargains.

“I’m here every year and this is the longest queue I’ve seen.”

Once Next staff opened the doors at 6am, for safety reasons shoppers were only allowed in at a staggered rate to prevent overcrowding.

By 7am, one of the first to emerge with bulging carrier bags were husband and wife Sharon and Karl Tye, from Wrexham.