A LOYAL customer enraged by the treatment of flower seller Brian Markillie has collected hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for him to be reinstated.
Mr Markillie became a familiar face selling flowers, bedding plants and wreaths in the passageway beside Argos in Spalding’s Holland Market.
But he was recently told his contract had been terminated as a result of complaints about the untidiness of his stall and because he was paying far below the going rent rate for the prime pitch.
His treatment has left many customers in uproar and Carol Hudson, of Hawthorn Bank, Spalding,who has been buying plants and flowers from his stall since he started out five years ago, decided to take action.
She said: “Brian is a very genuine businessman, his prices are very reasonable and his flowers and plants are tip-top.
“I have already collected 350 signatures from people, some who come from as far away as Skegness and Boston to buy from him, and his daughter Helen has been collecting as well.
“Between us we have collected more than 1,000 signatures.
“Brian has some very loyal customers and a lot of people are outraged.
“I am determined that we will save Brian’s business. He can’t stop selling flowers, he has built it up from nothing and he is the best in Spalding.
“When I heard he had lost his pitch I was gutted.”
Carol has vowed to continue collecting signatures and then hand the petition to Brian, in the hope he can use it to get his pitch back.
She said: “That’s all his customers want – to see Brian back where he belongs.”