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   Dane Robson runs the new artisan bread stall called Breaking Bread on the market
Marc Lumley has been travelling 70-odd miles from his home in Leeds every Wednesday for the past 34 years to sell ladies fashion
a magnet for locals, tourists and people living in outlying areas, but it is a very different story in the wintry weather.
“You can’t expect traders selling books and clothes to trade in the worst of the wet and wind, so we show understanding,” he said.
And that practical, helpful attitude has gone down well with traders.
Marc Lumley, who sells women’s fashion, said: “It’s brilliant now the town council is running this market. It’s re- energised it.”
Marc first set up stall on Barnard Castle market on his first day of market trading 34 years ago, and he and his wife still travel 70-odd miles from their home in Leeds to trade on the market.
“It is a very solid market and it is really good in the summer, but it is weather affected and the worst of the
winter is tricky, but you take the rough with the smooth,” he said.
Suzan Vaughan is also a big fan of the market where she has sold plants grown on the family nursery for the past 30 years.
In the summer the market is a magnet for locals, tourists and people living in outlying areas, but it is a very different story in the wintry weather
Like Marc, Joe Heaton, who runs Westmorland Sheepskins, travels from his home in Leeds to sell his quality sheepskin products, shoes and leather goods on the market.
Although he has a shop in Harrogate, Joe still finds Barnard Castle a worthwhile market to stand.
“I don’t do cheap, I do
quality, and I have been on this market for the past 10 years and do well here,” he said.
Like the other traders, he likes the new regime.
“It’s good because it hasn’t really changed,” he said.
And John Boughey, who sells pet products and household goods, said: “I enjoy this market because the local people are so nice.”
The market has a good mix of everything, from food staples to antiques, books and there is occasionally a charity stall which Michael does not charge for.
Kevin and Martin Carrick are anchor traders on the market where Kevin sells fruit and veg on a large stall and his brother Martin sells fresh fish from a van.
“We have been on this market for eight years and we have plenty of regulars and a loyal following here,” Kevin said.
The business was started in 1929 by the brothers’ grandfather Bert, who invested in a motorbike and sidecar after being made redundant from the local pit near Snaith and started selling fish door to door.
“What attracted us here was the low rent,” Kevin said. “And when we started here we found the locals are really nice and it is a pleasure to trade here.”
And the relatively new artisan bread business has found the same. Breaking Bread was set up by chef and baker Phillip Elliott- Monaghan who worked at some of the top London eateries and used to teach for Prue Leith.
When he returned to his native north east he launched the business on Bishop Auckland Market and it has gone from strength to strength.
    Kevin Carrick runs the fruit and veg stall and his brother runs the fresh fish van on the market for the family business based in Snaith that was started by their grandfather Bert in 1929
Suzan Vaughan has been selling plants grown on the family nursery at Barnard Castle market since she was 17

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