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Market in Downham Market set to reopen again next week after 'fruitful meeting' between town council and traders




The market in Downham is set to reopen once again next week, after the town council cancelled it for two weeks over rumours of a demonstration.

In recent weeks, there have been tensions in the town, after traders claimed they believed the market was being "run down" – something the town council has denied on a number of occasions.

And now, following a "fruitful meeting" with the town authority and traders, the market will reopen next weekend.

Downham Market's market reopens on Friday, June 5, 2020. Picture: Phoenix Events
Downham Market's market reopens on Friday, June 5, 2020. Picture: Phoenix Events

A spokesperson for the town council said: "After a fruitful meeting with the town council and traders, we are delighted to announce the reopening of our market on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of July."

They said the market will be opening up under Covid-19 regulations, and to ensure the safety of the public.

Jo Woodmin, chairwoman of the Market Strategy Group, said: “I am looking forward to the reopening of the market.

Downham Market's market reopens on Friday, June 5, 2020. Picture: Phoenix Events
Downham Market's market reopens on Friday, June 5, 2020. Picture: Phoenix Events

"I am delighted to see the town council and the market traders working together to make the emerging market bigger and better.

"I just hope that one of the successful outcomes of this awful virus is that our market continues to be successful, grows and the market is put back into Downham."

Plant stall trader Nettie English added: “We are looking forward to coming back to the market and working with the town council. It is an exciting time."

And the town's mayor Becky Hayes said she hopes this is a "new era" for the market.

She said: “The traders and the council, after last night's meeting, are working and going forward together and we are already looking at how we can fit stalls in and juggle the limited space we have while abiding to Covid regulations.

"I am hopeful that this is a new era for the market and look forward to seeing it grow and welcoming back customers both old and new.

"Going forward the town council and traders have committed to having regular meetings so that a dialogue is maintained and we work together.”



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