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FEATURE • BOSTON
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   Kevin Hill runs Hill Catering, one of several mobile hot food businesses on the market. All their sausages and burgers are home made including gourmet ones made from rump steak
John Williamson, who is one of five fruit and veg traders on Boston market, says it is one of the best local markets around
 Amanda Bedford has been selling plants and flowers on the market for the past 15 years. How could the council help more? By offering free parking for the month of December, she says
Amanda Bedford has been selling plants and flowers on Boston market for the past 15 years and has been a market trader for 30 years in all.
“Everyone says this market has gone off, but it’s a lot better than many others,” she said. “I think we need to try to engage with people and get them back to market shopping as a great experience that is so much more pleasant than clicking on a computer.”
And what more can the council do to support traders? “I would like to see parking free in the town for the whole of December, which is what happens in Beverley where my other half stands the market,” she said.
Alan Clarke is also a seasoned market trader, having traded on markets in the south. When he and his wife decided to relocate to Lincolnshire where they had enjoyed pleasant holidays he decided to
try out Boston market which he remembered fondly from childhood holidays in Skegness.
Chloe says the market still benefits from coachloads of visitors from Skegness and the coast including many Yorkshire holidaymakers.
Alan, who sells mystic gifts, said: “I have been standing this market for a year now and I don’t regret it. It is still a good market. Some days are good, some not so good, but that’s the case on most markets these days,” he added.
Chloe said the market team was always looking at new ways to improve the market and they had considered a different layout of stalls, but traders had opposed it.
The general feeling in Boston is that the market is faring well in difficult times, so the important thing is to keep working together and supporting a relatively buoyant market.
 FACTS & FIGURES
l Market Days: Wednesdays and Saturdays
l Market Rent: £23 for regulars and £26 for casuals
l Boston’s claim to fame: Boston in Lincolnshire is most famous for St Botolph’s Church, famously known as The Stump, thought to be the largest parish church in England and visible from miles around. Emigrants from Boston gave their hometown’s name to Boston in New England in the north-eastern United States. The town’s most important industries are food production, road haulage and logistics to transport the vegetables and potatoes, as well as trade from the port of Boston.
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