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a catering manager, in June 2014.
“I decided I wanted to run my own business
and began selling cakes on a pop-up stall,” she said.
She took on a unit that November and began doing hot drinks and sandwiches. She took on a second unit the following November and she now employs six staff and her café has the top rating with TripAdvisor.
“I started with six tables and now I have 18. I can’t believe how busy we are,” Tracey added.
The clergyman is also one of the new stable of traders who liked the look of the new environment.
“I love this market and I love good food, especially cheese,” Terry said. The long established cheese seller had retired, so Terry and his wife, Karen, started the deli in July 2015. They now have a great reputation for fine food and a good base of customers.
It’s early days for Michelle Shipley, Burton
Market’s very own opera singer. Michelle is a lyrical soprano and has been a soloist with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and worked with the likes of Cilla Black and Petula Clark as well as performing in musicals, including The Sound of Music.
“I still teach singing and some of my pupils are on Broadway,” she said. But with four children and grandchildren she has opted for a quieter life in Burton.
“I have always been good at selling,” said Michelle. So she hit on the idea of Charisma, a gift business she started in a pop-up stall and has now moved into a market unit.
She sells cards, wrapping paper and beautiful giftware including an unusual line in recycled aluminium bowls and dishes, which are polished then enamelled in attractive colours.
John Anders, who used to be head of science in a large school, has also been lured to try his hand at market trading.
“My grandfather was a keen gardener and I think that’s where I got this from,” John said. He decided to teach part-time and launch a market business selling plants in the newly refurbished market.
“It’s hard work but it’s a friendly community in the market,” he said.
Burton’s outdoor market is also fighting back since it moved for the refurbishment work. It’s a picturesque setting, with the ancient church as a backdrop, but Burton’s town centre has shifted and the market area is a short distance from the two shopping centres where most of the footfall is.
Thursday, which is charter market day, is the busiest, and Catherine is keen to build up trade on Fridays and Saturdays.
Footfall never used to be a problem, according to rug man Ken Dakin, who has been standing the market for more than 50 years.
   Terry Williams is a part-time vicar and owner of The Abbot’s Delicatessen, as well as the market pantomime impresario
Dressed as a giant red lobster, fourth generation fresh fish man Fred Hallam is trying out Burton market to see if it is worth his while standing it. He is pictured with Michael Owen, who recommended giving it a go
Rug man Ken Dakin has been standing the outdoor market in Burton for more than 50 years

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