Tuesday market traders against a move into town

Tuesday market traders Steve Hurst, Bridget Swinton, Paul Kowcun, Sandra McGrath, Eileen Clipston and Jamie King
Tuesday market traders Steve Hurst, Bridget Swinton, Paul Kowcun, Sandra McGrath, Eileen Clipston and Jamie King

Traders on Wellingborough Market’s Tuesday bric-a-brac market have protested against any potential future move further into the town centre.

Stallholders say they attract a good number of customers and they want to remain in Market Square.

Countrywide Markets, the operator of the Tuesday bric-a-brac market, notified Wellingborough Council that it would not be renewing its lease at the end of March.

The council already runs the general market held on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays and will now investigate whether it should also run the Tuesday market in future.

A market working party of councillors and council officers has recently met with traders to discuss ways to improve the town’s general market.

A move further into town, on Market Street and Orient Way, was approved at a meeting on Tuesday, March 19, and Tuesday traders fear they could be subject to similar changes in the future.

Sandra McGrath, who has been trading on the Tuesday market for 10 years, said: “We want it to stay the same, not just for us traders but for the people of Wellingborough who have supported this market over the years.

“The Tuesday market brings a lot of people into the town and it’s always busy, even when there’s bad weather. A lot of us would be willing to stand on other days to help fill the market.”

Paul Kowcun, who has been trading on the Tuesday market for 20 years, said: “We are quite happy with the position of the market and we think we should stay where we are. Pointless regulation is what kills a market.”

Ann Lytwyn, who has been trading for one year, said: “I definitely don’t think the market should be moved. This is a thriving market and it’s different to the other market days.”

Wellingborough shopper Melissa Cobb said: “It’s probably the busiest market day. People go out of their way to go to it. I don’t see the point in moving it.”