Adding fun to Long Sutton’s Friday market

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Richard Barnwell has been operating the weekly auction in Long Sutton market for some years on behalf of Clifford Cross Auctions.

Nick Grounds says the auction was once the main way of selling fruit and vegetables, up until the mid-1960s when supermarkets started to build their own supply chains and distribution networks.

The auction doesn’t make a lot of money, but Nick says: “It’s a traditional part of the market scene in Long Sutton.

“Richard does it to support the town because it’s always been done on a Friday to tie in with the market itself, and he does it really as community support.

“The council is quite keen to keep it going. We have to pay them rent, but equally they realise it adds something to the Friday townscape.”