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Spalding's market day returns to warm welcomes from shoppers and traders




Shoppers and traders alike have welcomed back Spalding's twice weekly street market for the first time in three months.

COVID-compliant stalls returned to business in bright sunshine on Tuesday, with traders spread out across two locations, Market Place and Sheep Market.

Safeguards put in place by South Holland District Council to allow the markets to trade again include a new online booking system for stallholders who also have to provide, set up and take down their own pitches.

Spalding's twice weekly market day returns to the town centre. (36803019)
Spalding's twice weekly market day returns to the town centre. (36803019)

Patrick Harris, who sells socks and underwear, said: "It's extremely good to be back and nice to get back to a bit of normality."

Fruit and vegetable trader Michael Booth said: "Shoppers were very pleased to see us back and I'm still near my normal pitch which is a big bonus.

"I'm not happy that we have to put our own stall up but we've got to change and that's it."

Spalding's twice weekly market day returns to the town centre. (36803001)
Spalding's twice weekly market day returns to the town centre. (36803001)

Shopper Neil Owen, of Boston, said: "I'm very pleased the market is open again and it's also nice to have gone out in the sunshine to somewhere new."

Market traders are adapting to other changes room, including the job of clearing their own waste and social distancing, although a rent-free period until the end of July has been put in place by the district council.

Dave Burgess, South Holland branch chairman of the National Market Traders Federation, said: "To comply with COVID-19 regulations, we've had to alter the layout of the market stalls, put our own stalls up and take them down.

"But traders rallied together and helped each other out.

Spalding's twice weekly market day returns to the town centre. (36803028)
Spalding's twice weekly market day returns to the town centre. (36803028)

"We were pleased by the amount of people who came out and a big thank you to all of them because I'm passionate about the market being back."

District councillor Christine Lawton said: "It's nice to see the town centre open again, lovely and cheerful.

"One of the traders said: 'It's lovely to see you back' and now we need the economy to get moving again.

"The sun is shining, the market is here and the shops are open."



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