‘We need to ensure the fire and the work going on as a result of it do not interfere with the traders continuing to do well in Fakenham’ - calls to help those hit by market move

Fakenham Market has been moved to Bridge Street, due to the fire at the former Aldiss Department store. Picture: Matthew Usher. Fakenham Market has been moved to Bridge Street, due to the fire at the former Aldiss Department store. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
2:07 PM

People are being urged to support Fakenham market traders, some of which have reported a 50% drop in takings since the relocation of the weekly event due to a major fire.

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The demolition has started on the former Aldiss building in Fakenham town centre, after it was destroyed by fire in May 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.The demolition has started on the former Aldiss building in Fakenham town centre, after it was destroyed by fire in May 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Most are desperate to return to the Market Place as quickly as possible but have been told they may have to wait a further four to six weeks, or longer, as the complex clear-up operation continues.

Keith Osborn, co-founder of the Fakenham Area Business Community (FABCOM), said: “We need to ensure the fire and the work going on as a result of it do not interfere with the traders continuing to do well in Fakenham.

“The market brings a lot of people into the town and I would urge everyone to support the market traders and the businesses in general.”

After the fire of May 25, efforts are continuing to make the Upper Market area safe and open to the public.

The demolition has started on the former Aldiss building in Fakenham town centre, after it was destroyed by fire in May 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.The demolition has started on the former Aldiss building in Fakenham town centre, after it was destroyed by fire in May 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Fakenham market, held every Thursday and regarded as one of the best East Anglia, has temporarily moved to the Bridge Street car park. North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), which owns the car park, allow Fakenham Town Council to hold them there for free.

Kevin McAlister, 63, who runs a handbag stall, said: “We don’t get as many locals here as normal because the market is now taking up a 100 or so car parking spaces.

“The councils have done well to keep the market going but we need to get back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Michelle Bullen, who runs a jewellery stall, said: “People have to walk through the market on their way through town, where it is normally held, so we are naturally much busier there.”

The demolition has started on the former Aldiss building in Fakenham town centre, after it was destroyed by fire in May 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.The demolition has started on the former Aldiss building in Fakenham town centre, after it was destroyed by fire in May 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Colin Earl, 81, however, who has sold fish at Fakenham markets for 60 years, said his takings have not been affected.

A spokesman for NNDC said: “The council is in regular dialogue with the contractors, who are working to get the market reinstated to its original location as quickly as possible. But the most important thing is the safety of the people carrying out the work.

“There is some complicated work to be done and, at present, we are unable to give a firm indication of when it will be completed.”

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  • I'm surprised you didn't mention about Pedlars Gold setting up in Artfellows just opposite the auction. Although I think they only just moved in last week temporarily, which was most welcome to me, and them I guess! Being in Barcleys part-time couldn't have been ideal, but huge kudos to everyone involved! It's lovely to see the local businesses rallying round and helping each other out! :)

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