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people and organisations provided letters of support.
It was a bitter blow when Dover lost out, he conceded, particularly as other Kent towns including Margate, Ashford and Dartford were successful.
“But we are going ahead with as many initiatives as we can fund and the market was the first priority,” David said.
Dover Town Council has provided £6,000 and Kent County Council has contributed £1,500, which enabled the team to buy 12 stalls and get the market idea off the ground. A further £10,000 is coming from the
David Little, a printer, is part of Dover’s Town Team which was formed to bid for Portas pilot investment
Government, which is offering the sum to all the unsuccessful Portas pilot bidders.
David said: “The town team is a small group of Dover business people and we know nothing about markets, but we realised we needed high quality traders and we used all our contacts and word of mouth to persuade market traders to get involved.”
Dover has a strong market tradition dating back to 1160, A market was held beneath the Guild Hall in Market Square from 1655 and it moved to a Market Hall in 1861.
A recent attempt by Dover Chamber of Commerce to revive the market failed to attract
enough stalls, but David and his colleagues believe that this time they have got the market formula right.
“We had 24 stalls on our first market and that number grew in the following weeks. We have a really excellent mix of stalls and the traders are really professional,” said David. “There is quality food, craft items and all the traditional lines you expect to see on a market.”
David and his team demonstrate their commitment by setting up the stalls at 5.30 every Tuesday morning and taking them down again at the end of the day.
And the traders are doing the rest.
    Maggie Costello who runs a small bakery in Dover with her husband has been on the market from Day One and is determined to make a go of it
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