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New Downham Market Councillor wants to see the market 'get back to what it used to be'

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Newly appointed Downham Councillor Tony Leach wants to see the town's market "thriving" again.

Mr Leach, of Barroway Drove was voted in earlier this month in a landslide victory of 438 to 79.

He has also served customers in Downham for over three decades.

He said: "I am very pleased with the result and I'm passionate about the town's market, and helping Downham getting back to what it used to be, I'm aware that not all councillors will agree with me.

Councillor Tony Leach at his stall in Downham (53039894)
Councillor Tony Leach at his stall in Downham (53039894)

"It was once dubbed the most happy town in Norfolk and I want to see that again.

"Markets all over the county and beyond are thriving and I would love to see that here.

"It's not just the market I want to see getting back to how it was but the rest of the town. If people don't go to the market, then they don't go for a coffee at Reeds or the butchers it's central to the town."

Mr Leach is the brother of Belinda Leach, who lost the licence to trade earlier this year after a spat at town council meeting that went viral.

The liscence has since been reinstated after an appeal.

Mr Leach was seen on the stall today, with his sister.

He said: "We are very happy to have the stall back."

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