VIDEO: Market traders return to King’s Lynn square

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Stalls returned to Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place yesterday, more than two years after the historic market moved off the site.

West Norfolk Council officials announced in July that traders would be returning to the square as part of an expansion of the weekly market, which is now established in the town centre.

Five traders took stalls in the market place on Tuesday morning and cake seller Brenda Hunt said she had been pleased by the positive feedback from shoppers.

She said: “They’re glad the market is coming back.”

Traders on the traditional Tuesday market first moved into the town centre in the summer of 2013, while work on a £900,000 regeneration of the square was completed.

But, once the work was done, most traders opted to stay in their new positions, mostly along New Conduit Street, rather than return to the Tuesday Market Place.

The move to expand the market to enable stalls to return to the Tuesday Market Place was recommended by a borough council task force last year.

Officials have said they are aiming to have around 20 stalls standing on the granite part of the market place and claim there is a waiting list.

But many of the traders fear shoppers simply didn’t know they were there and have urged the council to do more to promote the market expansion.

Phillip Prince, who sells ladies’ clothing, said: “It can be very good if they do it correctly.”

He also suggested that traders should initially be offered discounted rents for stalls on the square, adding: “The council are going to get the money back in the long run.”

Wisbech-based watch trader Mark Bullen agreed that officials needed to encourage more traders to stand on the square.

He said: “We know what we’re doing and what should happen. But it won’t happen.”

But Mrs Hunt is hopeful that shoppers will support the expanded market.

She said: “People want to know that we’re going to stay so they can be regular customers.”

David Pope, the borough council’s cabinet member for leisure and public space, said: “We are delighted that traders are returning to the Tuesday Market Place.

“It is very early days for what is effectively a new market as the previous Tuesday Market Place traders have remained in their new town centre locations.

“Feedback so far has been positive from the public and we’ve had considerable interest from our waiting list of traders. We are confident that we will see more traders utilising the Tuesday Market Place in the near future.

“We will work with the traders to help promote the market and would urge any new traders interested in having a pitch on the Tuesday Market Place to get in touch to discuss it with us.

“As with all our permanent traders we offer a discount package as part of our ongoing support.”