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40 MARKET TIMES • OCTOBER 2020 Lowestoft’s new market is
 seeking recruits
 LOWESTOFT, the UK’s most easterly town, boasts a fresh attraction — a new Tuesday market that has hit the ground running.
Since setting up stall on the historic Triangle Market Place in August, the new market has attracted more traders each market day — and locals have taken the new venture to their hearts.
Now Lowestoft Town Council is seeking new traders to transform it from a hobby-style craft market to a more traditional food and general goods market for the locals with crafts and gifts for the tourists and visitors.
And the good news is that rents are free for the foreseeable future.
Lauren Elliott, the council’s committee clerk, said the town council had spearheaded the plan after East Suffolk Council closed the popular little market at the back of The Britten Centre quite abruptly a few years ago.
With a charter dating back to 1308, Lowestoft is a port town on the edge of the Broads which developed from the fishing industry. The market was an integral part of community life for centuries, but it had moved from its original home and before it closed it was a much smaller
affair, yet still much loved by local people.
“A lot of traders and local people were very sad to see the market go, so the town council formed a steering group with the aim of bringing a
market back to Lowestoft,” Lauren said.
The previous site was not an option, so the council decided to launch a new market on the original site, a triangle of hard standing which had been the location of the buzzing traditional
market in days gone by.
“As well as giving the town back its market,
the idea was to create an attraction in the Triangle which would help breathe new life into the town’s High Street,” Lauren explained.
With the main shops in London Road North, the Triangle Market Place links through to the High Street, where many excellent independent shops have been struggling in recent years, Lauren said.
They decided to hold the market on Tuesday so as not to clash with other markets in the area, and the first market was held at the start of August with six or seven traders.
“It was really well received and we are gaining new traders as we go along,” Lauren said. “Local
people and visitors are really supporting the market, but to be really sustainable we need more traditional lines, in particular food like bakery products, fish, cheese and hot food, as well as traditional stalls like plants and flowers,” she added.
To date most of the traders are hobbyists, with businesses including craft items and gifts such as personalised scented candles, painted glass, home-made cosmetics, hand-knitted items and cake supplies.
The long-serving fruit and veg man is a magnet for shoppers, but more traditional lines are needed to take the market forward.
“The footfall is good and people are really supporting the market, so we hope word will spread and more traders will come on board,” Lauren said.
Anyone interested should email
admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk.
    










































































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