Page 33 - Market Times June 2021
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   Rosemary Holden, who has been selling haberdashery on Nelson market for 53 years,
led a media campaign to keep the market open for a few weeks longer so that traders had time to decide on their next move
   closed its doors.
For Rosemary, it gave her the
opportunity to sell off some of her remaining stock at half price. “I’m 73, so I might not have continued on the market too much longer, but you never know. I never got the chance to continue and it is sad that the market has closed and that friendly atmosphere and community has gone.”
Kevin is uncertain about the
future as he lives in Nelson and doesn’t drive, so the opportunities to continue his business are limited.
But some traders have found new homes. Ray Furda, who only started on the market last September selling household products, has been offered a stall on Burnley Market.
“I was very impressed that the market manager there came to visit me here after I applied so I am feeling positive about the future,”
he said.
Pendle Council chief executive
Steve Langton told the Lancashire Telegraph that closing the market was a difficult decision but it had been in decline for many years and was run at a significant loss to the council.
Only 26 of the 81 stalls had been taken by 15 traders, he said. The council had offered traders who had not received the Government’s
Kevin Wareing, who has built up a strong customer base for his vinyl records is unsure about his future. He had just arrived home with a mass of new stock when he discovered the letter from the council saying the market wouldn’t
be reopening
restart grants a discretionary grant of £1,000 and it had helped find alternative places for the traders to move to.

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