You could be forgiven for thinking the nationâ€™s little people have spent the whole of lockdown glued to screens. But new market analysis from a data collection company called NPD shows strong demand in recent months for old fashioned toys. Demand for puzzles and jigsaws rose by 43%. Meanwhile, outdoor toys, like sandpits and water slides, were a hit in May when the glorious sunny weather arrived, creating a 31% spike in sales. Building sets like Lego increased by 17%. (Figures cover January 1 to May 23 this year, compared to the same period in 2019).
The number of Brits cycling has skyrocketed. New official figures reveal a 100% increase in people cycling on weekdays and a whopping 200% rise on weekends during lockdown.
The trend has been welcomed by environmentalists, fitness campaigners and bike shops â€“ where sales have gone through the roof. Such is the demand that bike stocks are running low, prompting some to say, â€œbikes are the new toilet paperâ€. Not one of our favourite expressions, but we know what they mean.
A yellow Labrador called K9 Raider is in the running to be named Americaâ€™s top dog. K9 Raider is a Courtroom Therapy Dog who sits with young victims of serious crime when they give evidence. He provides a calming presence during what can be a traumatic experience.
Another front runner in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards 2020 is Dolly Pawton, a Labrador who can detect when her ownerâ€™s blood pressure or heart rate drop and raise the alarm.
We want our community in Saltaire to know we are here to help you as life slowly gets back to normal.
We wish you all a safe, happy, and enjoyable weekend