Fakenham market is back where it belongs - two months after major fire
06:30 25 July 2014
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Fakenham traders reported a boost to business yesterday when the town’s popular weekly market returned home.
Glorious sunshine and the start of the school holidays ensured large crowds turned out to enjoy the market back in its rightful place.
It had been held in the Bridge Street car park for two months while much of the town centre was closed to the public as a result of Fakenham’s biggest fire in living memory, on May 25.
Parts of the Upper Market had been cordoned off while a gradual demolition of buildings made structurally unsound by the fire was carried out.
Some traders had reported up to 50pc drop in takings every week while the market was on Bridge Street.
They say this was because the event was not in the main part of Fakenham and it was taking town centre parking. Amongst them were Clare Martin, from G Smith Egg Supplies, who said yesterday: “It’s been a lot better today. Everyone has been happy and smiling.
“I’ve not been quite as busy as I used to be but a lot of people will have gone away because of the school holidays, so I think it will be a lot better in a couple of weeks as we get back to normal.”
Mark Goodall, who runs a magnetic jewellery stall, had also suffered from the market move.
He said: “It’s been a good day and it won’t take long to get back to how it was.
“There is a much better atmosphere at the market and less stress now we are back to normal.”
The EDP’s Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign is raising money for victims of the fire. To donate, make cheques payable to the Norfolk Community Foundation and send them to NCF, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1SH or take them to your nearest EDP office.
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