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FEATURE • LYMINGTON
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     Sam Long, pictured with her mum Brenda and brother Zac, has the busy fruit and veg stall that her grandfather started before the war with a horse and cart in nearby Southampton
Lizzie Grimwood has a unique market business selling the silver jewellery that is made using leaves and acorns she picks up on her dog walks in the New Forest
  most unusual must by Lizzie Grimwood, who rose to the rank of major in the Army and now runs a business called Ayla Silver.
“My dad was a doctor and he used to make these silver items. It was a hobby, but an all-consuming one, to relieve the pressures of work,” Lizzie said.
When her father died Lizzie inherited his hobby and began making beautiful silver jewellery inspired by nature.
“I collect things like acorns, leaves and shells on dog walks and make the pieces by hand in my workshop at the bottom of the garden.”
Lizzie uses the lost wax process to produce solid silver replicas of the original.
Aimee and Pete Darnell haven’t looked back since Aimee decided to take a stall on the market to sell her watercolour paintings and prints inspired by nature
“I took a stall on the market to make a bit of extra money when we started to run out of cash on a renovation project and it’s brilliant,” Lizzie said. “I love the friendly atmosphere and I struggle to make enough jewellery — it sells so well.”
With so many diverse and talented traders, Lymington market looks set fair for the future. Jo and Keith say the town council aims to return to market to its traditional layout with two lines of stalls on opposite sides of the road, which will allow them to bring back the casual traders.
As with everything, it all depends on the infection levels of COVID-19. But if any market can bounce back post COVID-19, it is Lymington.
 FACTS & FIGURES
 l Market Day: Saturday
l Market Rent: £2.50 a foot
l Lymington’s claim to fame: Once famed for salt making and tales of smuggling, Lymington is a picturesque coastal town on the Solent surrounded by the New Forest. It is a magnet for tourists, known for ship building and, with three marinas, it is a centre for yachting. The first ferry service to the Isle of Wight was launched from Lymington more than 150 years ago.
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