Word on the Street - Shoppers say more can be done to boost King’s Lynn’s markets
Markets still have a part to play in historic Lynn, but more needs to be done to encourage stallholders to trade in the town, according to shoppers.
As the market was moved from Tuesday Market Place to the Vancouver Quarter to make way for the annual Mart, the Lynn News took to the streets to see what people thought to the age-old market tradition.
Do people use the markets, and are they still relevant to Lynn?
Glenda Skeels, 66, of Lynn, said she doesn’t use the markets as much as she used to.
She said: “I used to visit often and get my fish and eggs, but because of the prices at the supermarkets they can’t compete and there’s not so many stalls now.
“If there were more stalls I’d visit again a lot more.”
Maurice Twyman, 74, of Lynn, said: “The markets are still very much a part of Lynn, and the Tuesday Market Place is the ideal place to hold them.”
But he felt West Norfolk Council could do more to improve them, such as cutting rent to attract more traders and slashing car parking charges.
He said: “The majority of people in Lynn on a Tuesday are pensioners so I think the parking definitely needs to be looked at.”
Malcolm Kettlewell, 73, of St Germans, said he stopped using the markets a few years ago.
He said: “I used to go round the market regularly but its shrunk over the years and got less and less stalls.
“There just isn’t the choice there used to be.
“People can also park for free at Sainsbury’s and Tesco, so it’s not going to encourage people to come into the town.”
Vivienne Green, 64, of Upwell, said she makes a special trip on the bus once a month to visit the Tuesday Market.
She said: “I specifically come for the market, as I think a lot of people do. The market is better here than in Wisbech.”
Joyce Mackenzie, 88, also from Upwell, said she also enjoys coming to Lynn for the market.
She said: “It should definitely be retained.”
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