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melt down old silver to make my jewellery, but it has been really good since we came back in June.”
Other traders say they have also had a good summer, but, like everywhere, the future is uncertain.
They include Abdul Salam who does well on the market with his stylish line in ladies fashion. He specialises in bright, colourful ladies fashion made from natural materials.
“My father was a market trader selling fashion. But I did lots of things including manufacturing,” Abdul said.
He was stung by the credit crunch which saw household names go bust, owing him significant sums.
“I decided to go back to basics and return to market trading, because you can go to market with no money and come back with a pocket full,” Abdul said.
He found cheap and cheerful was not sustainable, so he visited fashion hubs in Paris and now does well in his niche area which is fashionable, loose fitting, one
size, garments made from cotton.
Jo Ford also loves Whitby market which
she stands four days a week selling the baby and toddler wear she hand knits.
“My father taught me to knit as a child,” Jo said. “I have a disability so knitting was the one thing I can do.”
She has built a successful business out of her all-consuming hobby and loves the friendliness of the market which gives her a social life she would not otherwise have.
Market superintendent Penny Beniston, who has run the market for the past two- and-a-half years, is delighted that the traders are doing well and that the market had a good summer after a carefully planned, phased return following lockdown.
When she took over the market operation, Penny made some changes, not all of which went down well.
“One issue was that one or two traders were trading on non-market days, which I felt wasn’t helping the market overall because if people turn up and see a couple of traders they dismiss it as a poor market
FEATURE • WHITBY and might not return,” Penny said.
The traders concerned were naturally upset, but the council agreed with Penny and limited the general market to three days, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, despite a petition.
“I wasn’t very popular at the start, but I think the traders are happy with the way it has worked out, with a full general market three days a week which has a good following and great footfall,” said Penny, who has a waiting list of traders wanting to stand the market.
Whitby has numerous attractions, including a beautiful sandy beach, a picture postcard harbour with a fish market and fishing boats, boat trips and a replica of Captain Cook’s Endeavour.
The narrow, cobbled streets are lined with wonderful, independent shops selling everything from jewellery made from Whitby Jet to kippers smoked in the town’s traditional smoke house.
And most visitors want to climb the famous 199 steps that lead to Whitby
   Penny Beniston has managed Whitby Market for Scarborough Borough Council for the past two- and-a-half years
Arty Gaz, alias Gary Jamieson, and his wife Lesley, travel from their home in Grimsby to stand Whitby market where Gaz is kept busy creating caricatures
  Jo Ford sells the beautiful baby and toddler cardigans she knits herself
Drew Lonsdale has an eye-catching antique and vintage stall selling everything from military uniforms to water buffalo horns

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