August 1 2014 Latest news:
Friday, June 27, 2014
Traders have reported substantial losses due the relocation of the Fakenham market.
To show our support EDP reporter ADAM LAZZARI went to find 10 bargains at Thursday’s market...
Henry III was the king of England when Fakenham held its first markets in 1250.
Today the town boasts what is regarded as one of the finest markets in East Anglia.
But, after Fakenham was hit by a major fire last month, causing much of Market Place to still remain closed to the public, the weekly markets have been temporarily relocated to Bridge Street car park.
Fakenham Town Council and North Norfolk District Council have been praised for ensuring the markets are still running.
But, with the event now not in the main area of the town and taking up some 100 car parking spaces, many traders are reporting significant losses. Some are 50pc down on their usual week’s takings.
Mark Goodall, who runs a magnetic jewellery stall, had made just two sales by Thursday lunch time.
He said: “I used to do really well in Fakenham and I had a brilliant day in Sheringham yesterday, but it’s just not happening for me here. The councils have done well to keep the market going but we need to get back to normal as quickly as possible.”
Mr Goodall’s views were echoed by several other traders but there were signs for optimism with some reporting the busiest week since the market was relocated.
Efforts are continuing to reopen the Upper Market area but it is not yet known when the market will return to normal.
And here is our guide to 10 bargains you can pick up from the Fakenham market...
1) Line-caught cod fillet, fresh from Lowestoft, available from Colin Earl’s seafood stall for £12.40 per kg.
2) A box of six medium barn eggs, from Necton, available from G Smith Egg Supplies for £1. Also available at the stall are quail eggs, duck eggs and goose eggs, fresh from Great Snoring.
3) Unoffical England football shirts for £2.99. With England’s early World Cup exit, the national team’s merchandise will inevitably have taken a big hit. Harmesh Badwal, who has been attending the Fakenham markets for about 15 years, is offering t-shirts at his stall for just £2.99. But while they are in England’s traditional white and red colours, they actually feature a Union Jack design on the front, so could be more appropriate for tennis fans cheering on Andy Murray at Wimbledon.
4) 400g of blueberries for £1 from Seekings fruit and veg stall. As well as great fresh fruit and vegetables, you can also enjoy a lively debate about world affairs with stall owner Anthony Seekings.
5) Two pasties from Norfolk Pie Man for £3. Bridget and Tony Mattocks have been in business for eight years and make all of their fine pies and pasties from scratch in Sheringham.
6) Carrot cake from Jean Seppings’ home made cakes and pastries stall. You can get a whole cake for £4 or a slice for £1.
7) There are not many things you can buy these days with a single copper coin. But at Jim and Michelle Clark’s stall, which has been selling a range of discounted items, you can pick up a screw for two pence. The stall sells various items including screwdrivers, saws, rat traps, batteries and is very popular as it offers customers the chance to buy such items individually at low prices rather than in multi-packs from hardware stores.
8) A beach top walnut base table for £150. At the higher end of the market, Kierin Brunton offers a range of furniture, chopping boards and other items, finely crafted with his own hands at his home in Narborough, near Swaffham. All available at very reasonable prices.
9) Two jars of luxury French jam for £2.50. Tony Fields’ discount food stall offers a range of quality jams, meats, cheeses and other foods.
10) Stainless steel and titanium magnetic bracelets, available from Mark Goodall’s magnetic jewellery stall for £10.