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  Market Times • June 2014
    Billy signed a contract to operate the market for the council at quite a late stage. So he was working against the clock to spread the word about the relocation of the
market and to recruit new traders. “I knew the new location was right,” said Billy. “It’s close to the seafront, which has had a big
investment recently.”
An impressive new leisure centre has just opened which should attract more visitors to the town.
“I gradually got more and more traders interested, and the launch day on Good Friday was a great success, with 22 traders and plenty to entertain people,” Billy said.
The new traders include food stalls and gift and craft businesses. Among them is David Dawson, who is selling eggs for David Hugill, who runs Turtle Hill Farm
“We sell at a number of markets
and we have found this one is pretty good,” David said.
All the traders praise Billy for his efforts.
“He understands things from a market trader’s point of view, and the rent is so much cheaper. I was paying £40 before,” said John.
Billy charges £20 rent and is committed to looking after traders. “I’m going to look after everyone so that they can all make a good living,” he said.
That means not too many of the same line, but there is room for certain lines such as wet fish, a butcher and a materials stall.
The council is also backing the new market and its new manager.
It is planning to invest in new covers for the stalls, and has created a new market brand which emphasises that the market is at the centre of the town.
Jane Hierons, events and concessions officer for the council, said: “We were hoping to get as many as 12 stalls for the launch day, so we couldn’t believe it when Billy told us there were 22 traders on the market.”
She said the council had more work to do to promote the market, but they were delighted with the way it was growing.
General pictures taken on a sunny Good Friday launch day by Shelley Adams, daughter of market manager Billy Adams.
 David Dawson, who sells eggs for David Hugill, who runs Turtle Hill Farm Eggs, is a new trader and has found business good

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