Market move ‘couldn’t have been done better’

New market location on Wide Bargate
New market location on Wide Bargate

BOSTON’S market made the history books last week when it moved away from its historic home for the first time in 500 years.

Stallholders upped sticks and moved from the Market Place to Wide Bargate last Wednesday to make way for major improvement work on the historic area.

Early reports from market staff have suggested that the move went well and they are happy with their new temporary home, says the council.

Len Evans, deputy chairman of the Boston branch of the Market Traders’ Federation and fruit and veg stallholder, said: “It couldn’t have been done better.”

The new location attracted a lot of interest, with many familiar customers seeking out their favourite stalls and some new faces having a look.

Coun Derek Richmond, who has been involved in the plans, praised stallholders for how they dealt with the transition.

All 102 stallholders have made the move from the Market Place, which will undergo a massive £2 million regeneration over the next eight months.

Plans for the area include making it more pedestrian-friendly and adding more space for specialist markets and events. Parking provision will also be reduced.

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