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  Russell Ogden, chairman of the NMTF branch in Otley, with his wife Joan
  As a long-established business, Brian has a big advantage, but he says he can see signs that the market is picking up generally.
“I would say that Otley has been through a bit of a bad patch, but I think it’s coming good again,” he added.
Not everyone is noticing an upturn. Dave Thomlinson, who sells stationery and toys on Market Place, said: “I have been here for about 10 years and, believe me, there are more bad days than good.”
But niche businesses are definitely bucking the trend. Andrew Halliday, who runs Wydale Frames, has been on the market for 20 years selling picture frames. For the past decade, he has been making them himself.
Market Officer Darren Ibbotson
“Market trading is in my blood,” Andrew says. “My dad sold shoes on markets in Kirklees.
Andrew says his business is doing reasonably well, but he feels Otley misses out because it hasn’t got high street names or chains.
“There are plenty of charity shops, tea rooms, cafes and pubs, but we lost Woolworths and there are small individual shops, not the big names shoppers look for,” he said.
Some market traders would love to see the back of the likes of Wilkinson and Primark, but Andrew feels Otley needs a stronger shopping base to pull in the punters.
Louise Rowson, a new recruit to market trading, has no such concerns.
Dave Thomlinson has been selling stationery and toys on the market for the past decade

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