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Limited number of traders at the mid week market in Bury St Edmunds

PUBLISHED: 15:08 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:08 28 February 2018

Some of the hardy market traders today at Bury St Edmunds market

Some of the hardy market traders today at Bury St Edmunds market

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Only the hardy traders were in evidence today on what is the second busiest day of the week when the Bury St Edmunds Market takes place.

Sharon Carrigan at her Carmichael's fish stall on Bury St Edmunds MarketSharon Carrigan at her Carmichael's fish stall on Bury St Edmunds Market

What is usually a bustling Buttermarket and Cornill area was a pale shadow of itself with snow covering much of the market area as just a dozen stall holders come to town.

And in Sudbury some shops were closed including two estate agents while one trader decided to use his skis to get into the town.

Darren and Helen McQueen, who run the fruit and veg stall D & H McQueen, arrived at 3am from their home in nearby Barrow to set up in Bury.

Mr McQueen, who has been working the market for over 30 years, said: “We have got to work and we have got to be here for our customers as we provide them with a service and we have got to give them a service.”

Becky Isaacson at her Cake Creations by Becky stall at Bury St Edmunds MarketBecky Isaacson at her Cake Creations by Becky stall at Bury St Edmunds Market

Nearby Thomas Benjamin, of T & S Foods, had travelled in from Thetford, arriving in Bury before 6am.

He said: “I am a market trader and need to be here every week to keep my business operating. It’s a full time obligation on my part.”

At the Cheese and Pice Man stall owner Charlie Gould, who left his home near Long Stratton, in Norfolk, at 5.45am to arrive by 7.30am, said his journey was difficult but he was determined to get to Bury.

“We are always here and as long as I can get out of my driveway I will always be here,” he said.

Charlie Gould at his The Cheese and Pie Man stall on Bury St Edmunds MarketCharlie Gould at his The Cheese and Pie Man stall on Bury St Edmunds Market

For Becky Isaacson it was her first time visit to the market and one which she hopes will continue.

She operates a Cakes and Creations by Becky stall and travelled in from Barrow to set up by 8am.

“There’s a good spirit about and people are supporting us and saying well done for coming out and I think that’s quite nice and I think it’s nice that people are coming out,” she said.

But it was a poor day for Sharon Carrigan at her Carmichael’s fish stall who left Lowestoft at 3.50am arriving in Bury at 7.10am.

Thomas Benjamin at his T&S Foods stall on Bury St Edmunds marketThomas Benjamin at his T&S Foods stall on Bury St Edmunds market

“Business is really, really, poor today and it’s disappointing after all the effort we made but the pavement are bad for people to walk on but as long as we could get here we were definitely going to come.”

Meanwhile, in Sudbury, David Chapman, who runs Easy 2 Smoke, in Gainsborough Street, said the town was quiet but with a most of the shops open.

He used his skis to get into the town from his home in Constitution Hill and said: “We seem to be getting more businesses opening but two estate agents are closed but we have had only eight or nine customers this morning as everyone seems to be getting their sledges out and heading for the nearest hill.”

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