Date published: 23 July 2020
It’s all smiles at Gainsborough Market as customers return to the bustling market place in the town centre for their shopping.
The friendly faces and atmosphere has been welcoming for customers as they headed out to do their shopping.
West Lindsey District Council, which hosts the market went out to speak to the traders to find out first-hand how they are finding the market post lockdown, due to COVID-19.
Sonny Sareen, which runs the Bela Moda Boutique said: “It’s nice to see many of our regular customers coming back after the months away, as well as the other traders.
“It’s good that people can get out and about and see that there are measures in place to make sure it is safe, which gives people confidence to do so.”
The Council has put a number of measures in place to make the market safe for both traders and customers. This includes changing the layout of the market, improved signage for social distancing to ensure that traders and customers are able to shop in confidence.
As an added extra the Council is offering free rents to all traders until April 2021 to support the market and market traders, although space is subject to availability and in line with Covid-19 social distancing guidelines.
Ian Morgan, a regular trader who has worked on the Gainsborough market for around 40 years welcomed the return of customers in the town.
Ian works on the Fruit and Veg Stall known locally as Chilvers said: “We have been here throughout the lockdown period, and it’s great to see the market busy on a weekly basis and see customers returning.”
Neil Lamont, who works on the Wilcox Bakery said it was also good to be back on the market. He added: “Seeing the market full is nice and it has been good to see some regular customers after the past few months.”
Christine Hodkin also runs the Haberdashery stall, echoed Neil comments. She said: “It’s lovely on days like today, with lots of stalls on the market, and lots of the locals coming into the town centre.”
As previously reported, the market was closed to non-essential traders due to COVID-19. Whilst some stalls were able to continue trading such as the fruit and vegetable stalls others did not.
Rio Fox and Harry Ferguson from the Bread and Roses Pantry were kept quite busy when they were not on the market stall.
They said: “We were really busy throughout lockdown delivering food parcels and running the store on reduced hours, so it’s nice to be back on the market stall and being around the traders and locals.”
The Market operates in the Market Place, Gainsborough every Tuesday and Saturday.
West Lindsey District Council is encouraging people to get behind local businesses in the district and support them where possible including market traders.
The Council launched its ‘Think Local’ campaign to raise awareness and support those local businesses across the district that are open for business. Covid -19 has had a huge impact on businesses nationally as many had to close due to the current lockdown. We want to encourage residents to Think Local when they shop or use a service, not just now, but in the future to support our communities and help our economy grow.
Haroon Chaudhary, who runs a ladies clothing stall is urging more people to support the local market. He said: “It’s been great to see so many people coming to the markets and we would love to see even more coming to support local traders.”
Cllr Owen Bierley, Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee at the Council welcomed the news.
He said: “It is wonderful to hear how market traders are happy to be trading in the town and that they are seeing a return of regular and new customers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work in offering a vital service to local people. I do hope that customers will continue to support the market and remember to think local when out and about doing their shopping.”
Businesses from across West Lindsey are invited to submit their details to be included in our Think Local directory. If you would like your business to be included in the directory, please complete the Think Local online form
Shoppers visiting the markets are urged to follow the government’s advice on social distancing.
For more information about the market to book a stall please contact the Markets Officer on 01427 676676
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