Shopkeepers in Kirriemuir were left trying to salvage some pre-Christmas trade at the weekend following the major incident at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
They were unable to access their businesses until after 4 p.m., with many opening on Sunday in an attempt to claw back some trade.
Liz Ryder of Joshua Plumtree, directly opposite the bank, finally got in to her shop at 4.15 p.m.
On Sunday she told the ‘Dispatch and Herald’: “It was dreadful. The Police eventually phoned us at 3.45 p.m. and we opened from 4.15 to 5.15.
“We are back in today to try to recoup a little bit of the massive losses from yesterday. We had people with wreaths and plants to collect but we weren’t allowed to get into the shop to get the diary to get their numbers to phone. It is one of the busiest retailing days of the year by far. There was nothing we could do, we felt completely helpless. Our customers have been really understanding. Saturday would have been a very busy day for all the businesses.”
Cliff Bertram, of Bertram’s Quality Butchers, was also left counting the cost.
He said: “This has deeply affected my business. I am open today (Sunday) to claw something back but we only took in a third compared to last year. It is heartbreaking.
“The Police wouldn’t let me in to get paper work. I had to deliver hampers at night so got some revenue back from that.”
Linda Shepherd of Linda’s Shoes was also unable to open until after 4 p.m.
She said: “The street was closed for 12 hours which was ridiculous. It was like a ghost town, quite spooky and quite scary.”