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  Market Times • April 2016
A fishy tale of new and old at Great Yarmouth
 THE chips are down at Great Yarmouth Market. For years the market has been famous for its wet fish, seafood and jellied eels — and for the stalls selling chips. An old market rule prohibited the sale of hot fish, according to market trader Robert Lovett, who sells shoes on the Norfolk market.
Now the rule has lapsed, and Robert has stepped into uncharted waters to launch the first fish and chip stall which is being run by his daughter, Connie Hodges, 29.
At the same time a more traditional business, Nichols Seafoods, is flying the flag for tradition and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the family business.
Robert said: “When we heard that there was no longer a ban on selling fried fish we thought the chip stalls might start selling it, but they decided against it.”
His daughter, Connie, had gained national acclaim for her frying skills after introducing battered Christmas pudding with Amaretto custard, and battered Easter eggs, at her fish and chip shop.
“Connie and I decided to start a new market business selling fish and chips on the market, and she will be running it,” he said.
Meanwhile Christine Nichols and her husband Darran are celebrating 70 years of continuous business selling fish and sea food as well as the jellied eels Christine’s granddad Billie sold when he started the business all those years ago.
“It’s great that Robert and Connie are starting a new venture and we wish them well,” said Christine.
“Our business is very traditional but we love being on the market,” she said.
Originally the business only ran from Easter to September, but over the years they widened the offer and traded all through the year.
“It became easier when they covered the market, and we have moved with the times and now we sells all varieties of fish and seafood,” Christine added.
Both businesses are optimistic about the future, which is looking decidedly fishy.
Great Yarmouth market pictured in 1966
 Christine and Darran
 Brussels threat lifted By ROY HOLLAND
THE threat of European legislation to the continued success of the UK retail markets industry has been lifted — at least for the time being.
The European Services Directive, which was adopted in 2006 and supposedly implemented in 2009 — but never enacted by the UK Government — would remove the right of local authorities to restrict the number of traders selling the same lines.
Whilst the EU insists the directive is in the interests of both free trade and competition, the National Association of British Market Authorities has pointed out that it would lead to an operator’s inability to provide
a balanced market selling a whole range of goods.
Now the UK Government has told industry leaders that the directive will not be imposed on markets until at least October — and perhaps not at all.
The EU referendum on June 23 on whether to stay in or leave the EU obviously has a bearing on the Government’s stance.
But, in or out, it seems that ministers have grasped the industry’s argument — at least if a meeting between NABMA Chief Executive Graham Wilson and the NMTF’s Chief Executive Joe Harrison is anything to go by.
The meeting, set up and attended by the All-Party
Parliamentary Group’s Chair Jim Fitzpatrick MP, was with Markets Minister Marcus Jones.
He said he had met Business Minister Nick Boles and they both now understood the challenges that the imposition of the directive would have on the industry.
Graham Wilson commented after the meeting: “They are committed to working with us to find a solution. We are delighted to receive such encouragement and feel that our campaign has now been fully recognised.”
He added that this was the first major achievement of the Markets Manifesto, produced as part of the Mission For Markets campaign, and demonstrated the
strength of NABMA and the NMTF working together.
Joe Harrison said that if the directive were not imposed on local authorities it would mean that operators would be more able to provide a better market offer.
“At the NMTF we appreciate the individual trader’s right to trade, but we also realise that for a market to be successful it does need to have a real mix of goods on offer.
“I am sure our members would prefer to trade on a market that has a really comprehensive range of stalls rather than one that it is full of, say, mobile phone accessory businesses or rows upon rows of fashion.”

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