As Christmas approaches, it is predicted that more than £4 billion will be spent by an estimated 30 million shoppers this weekend alone.
In our region, shopping centres including the MetroCentre in Gateshead were packed with people hoping to bag some bargains. Towns and cities including Sunderland and those in Redcar and Cleveland are offering free parking at evenings and weekends to draw in the crowds.**
Julie Harrison reports.**
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