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Norwich market traders behind the doors of advent calendar created by students

PUBLISHED: 08:29 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:29 13 November 2017

Students from City College have produced an advent calendar at featuring market traders.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Students from City College have produced an advent calendar at featuring market traders. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Archant 2017

The traders behind Norwich's bustling market have been immortalised in a Christmas advent calendar designed by students.

Students from City College have produced an advent calendar at featuring market traders. Scott Greengrass.

Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017Students from City College have produced an advent calendar at featuring market traders. Scott Greengrass. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

The City College Norwich (CCN) students designed the advent calendar as part of their Ticket course, which helps those with additional needs make the step into work.

Behind the calendar’s 24 windows are illustrations, drawn by course lecturer Jim Goreham, of the faces that keep the market ticking over, from Alexander Pond, of Pond’s Flowers, to Mark Wright, of Taxi Vintage Clothing.

And from Monday, the 16 students, aged from 17 to 24, will begin a week running their own pop-up market stall to sell the calendars - with proceeds going towards their next enterprise project and a Christmas reward trip.

Mr Goreham said the project helped the group gain real work experience, from design to manufacturing and sales.

Students from City College have produced an advent calendar at featuring market traders.
Mark Wright
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017Students from City College have produced an advent calendar at featuring market traders. Mark Wright Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

He said: “The students have responded really well to what has turned out to be quite a fast-paced project. It’s been great to see their confidence grow as they have taken ownership of the operation and the outcomes they want from the experience.

“All of the students have reflected really well on the employability skills picked up so far and are looking forward to developing their selling and money-handling skills in the next phase. It’s been great working with Norwich market and getting to know many of the stallholders.”

Among the young people behind the project was Josh Page, 19, from Norwich, who said: “I enjoyed going around the market stalls and asking people to be part of our project.”

Many of the students on the one-year Ticket course will move onto an employment preparation programme in the next step towards the world of work.

Students from City College have produced an advent calendar at featuring market traders.
Ryan Hollingdale, Josh Page.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017Students from City College have produced an advent calendar at featuring market traders. Ryan Hollingdale, Josh Page. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Kristina Fox, manager for Norwich market, said she was “delighted” the area had its own calendar and said it would make “a lovely Christmas present”.

The advent calendar will be available to buy for £5 from Stall 14 on the market - next to Anderson’s Clothing and opposite Brick Pizza - from Monday, November 13 to Saturday 18.

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