Popular Exeter vendor Will Adams described getting back to selling the magazine on his pitch as “a huge relief” after a difficult time during lockdown.
The 29-year-old, who has been selling The Big Issue for around four years, headed straight out to his pitch to work as soon as it was allowed on July 6 and said “getting back to normal” is helping him hope for the future again.
“Lockdown was crazy. I did not like that one bit,” he told The Big Issue. “It’s amazing to be back.”
Will, who sells the magazine outside the O2 store on Exeter High Street, was heartened by the warm reception he received from both regular and new customers.
“People still recognise me, they haven’t forgotten who I am,” he said. “That means a lot.
“I’ve only been back working for two days and have already seen a lot of my regular customers which is amazing. It’s great to know people have stayed well.”