THE CANOPIES in Festival Place are being removed after breaking on Monday.

Shoppers discovered that the canopies where broken in the courtyard on the approach leading into the shopping centre on the morning of Monday, 4 February.

A number of shops in St Johns Square including Metro Bank, Greggs and Card Factory, were closed on Monday and have been closed since as the structure is being removed.

Centre director at Festival Place, Neil Churchill, said: “The canopies are being removed, and with the safety of our customers, occupiers and contractors in mind, this will take some time.

"We thank our visitors for their patience during this time. Access to St Johns Square remains restricted but we are working towards getting the area reopened fully as soon as possible.”

It was unclear as to the reason for the canopy breaking, though it is believed the weight of recent snow and ice may have been a factor.