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Market's return to Downham Market 'really positive', town council says

Officials have said that the return of the market in Downham today has been "really positive".

Ahead of the historic market being re-opened again – after it was closed for two weeks over rumours of a demonstration – the town council said the event would be "bigger and better" than before.

And a spokeswoman for the council said the authority delivered on this promise – with a total of 14 traders selling their products across two sites either side of the town hall, the market square and the clock square.

The market in Downham Market reopened on Friday.. (38219684)
The market in Downham Market reopened on Friday.. (38219684)

She said: "It's been really busy, really positive. It's been great to have a mix of old and new traders.

"We said we would come back bigger and better, and that's what we've done, and it will continue to get even bigger and better in the coming weeks."

It is the first time since the market first returned to the town, in early June, that there has been stalls on both sides of the town hall – something which will continue on Fridays.

On Saturdays, the stalls will just be on the car park side. On both days, the market is open from 8am to 3pm.

The spokeswoman added: "There seems to be a real buzz about it, opening up the two sides has been really positive."

She said there will be a review next week, but they are expecting more traders to attend in the coming weeks.

The market is still operating with social distancing, and customers are provided with hand gel and masks when they enter the market areas.

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