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Have a go market traders set up stall and sell their wares for the first time

October Open Market days are now being staged every Friday throughout the month on Yarmouth market place.
Picture: Nick Butcher

October Open Market days are now being staged every Friday throughout the month on Yarmouth market place. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A market has been given a boost thanks to new traders taking part in a new trial.

Market trader Keith Harrison on his stall. 
October Open Market days are now being staged every Friday throughout the month on Yarmouth market place.
Picture: Nick ButcherMarket trader Keith Harrison on his stall. October Open Market days are now being staged every Friday throughout the month on Yarmouth market place. Picture: Nick Butcher

Five traders took advantage of an offer to trade on Great Yarmouth’s Friday Market just ten pounds.

The scheme is an initiative from the borough council to boost the market, after a

Keith Harrison, who is a builder by trade, is running a DIY stall and said it was a new thing for him.

The Belton man added: “I’m thinking about setting up on the Wednesday or Saturday market.

October Open Market days are now being staged every Friday throughout the month on Yarmouth market place.
Picture: Nick ButcherOctober Open Market days are now being staged every Friday throughout the month on Yarmouth market place. Picture: Nick Butcher

“It’s been pretty good so far, the weather has helped. There’s plenty of walk through, we’ll see how it goes.

Angela Buttifant, who runs Mrs B’s Tea Parties, brought her cake business to the market to get some publicity.

She added: “Everyone really mucks in. The established market traders have helped get our stalls up and running.”

Gemma Whittle from Whittle Home Decor said: “It’s my first time on a market like this. I’m hoping to do it for the next three weeks.”

October Open Market days are now being staged every Friday throughout the month on Yarmouth market place.
Picture: Nick ButcherOctober Open Market days are now being staged every Friday throughout the month on Yarmouth market place. Picture: Nick Butcher

Council leader Graham Plant said the Open Market had got off to a good start.

He added: “We were pleased to welcome seven new traders, plus five regular traders. This more than doubled the numbers we normally see on a Friday.

“This trial initiative, offering people the chance to ‘have a go’ at trading in the Market Place at an incentivised rate on Fridays during October, came about after the market traders asked the council to consider new ideas for how to encourage new traders onto the Market Place, on either a permanent or casual basis.”

For more details and to book, contact Mandy Atkinson, the senior market officer, on 01493 846523 or email market@great-yarmouth.gov.uk

October Open Market days are now being staged every Friday throughout the month on Yarmouth market place.
Picture: Nick ButcherOctober Open Market days are now being staged every Friday throughout the month on Yarmouth market place. Picture: Nick Butcher

They are asked to bring their own tables and gazebo and arrive between 7.30am and 8.30am to set up.

All traders will require insurance. Those who do not have their own policy have the option of joining a joint policy offering cover for just £3 a day. Traders will be required to show a personal basic food hygiene certificate to sell certain goods.

Ms Atkinson said it would be appreciated if traders could pre-book before close of the Thursday to ensure that we have reserved enough space to accommodate the expected increased demand.

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