North East UK news Joy as Newcastle Quayside Market returns with social distancing measures MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The popular outdoor market reopened on Sunday with a one-way system and fewer stalls - but traders and visitors were glad it was back following the lockdown
Breaking News ! Traders and visitors have told of their delight after the popular Sunday market along the Newcastle Quayside reopened. The weekly outdoor market was forced to close in March after the lockdown was announced but it was back up and running again on Sunday with a number of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. A one-way system is in place, hand sanitisers are available for use and stallholders are wearing masks or visors. There are fewer stalls as there is a rota system for traders, allowing them to operate on alternate weekends. There were around 60 stands on Sunday. However, despite the new arrangements along the quayside, people were glad to be back. Ellie Bowmaker, who runs Xtreme Cords, selling USB cables, said: "This is our first day back after the lockdown and it feels great. "We are wearing visors, we have hand sanitisers and there are signs up to make sure everyone is social distancing. "The market looks different but people will be pleased it's back. It's normally very well supported." Piotr Herman, 48, and Anna Pieniak, 44, who run the Armenian Family Street Bar, offering Armenian, Georgian and Polish food, said the lockdown had been difficult. Mr Herman added: "The lockdown was very hard. Our stall was booked for a number of food festivals in places like London, Manchester and Edinburgh - they were all cancelled. It all stopped. "But we always try to stay optimistic. We have had a stall at this market since 2016 and we love this place. We are very happy to be back." Newcastle Quayside Market stall holders Piotr Herman and Anna Pieniak (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) David Milligan's stall, which sells items such as artificial flowers, toys, masks and sunglasses, has been running for three generations. The 54-year-old, from Gosforth, said: "we are very pleased to be back.
. It's not ideal but it's a start. At least the market is up and running. "Three generations of my family have been running this stall. My dad and grandad before him had it, now it's me. This market is part of the city's heritage and normally it will attract large crowds. "But new rules have been put in place to make sure everyone can keep their distance, which is the right thing to do."
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Annie Bakewell, who sells Vera and Peaky Blinders-style hats as well as handbags, purses, gloves and other items, is also glad the market has reopened. The 75-year-old, from Haltwhistle, Northumberland, said: "We are over the moon to be back. I have been here for 15 years and the staff who operate the market are fabulous. There have been lots of changes to help traders reopen and it's a good start." Members of the public told ChronicleLive they were glad to see the market running again.
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Matt Hall, 63, from West Denton, who is a regular visitor, said: "The atmosphere of the market is absolutely brilliant. It was very much missed when it closed during the lockdown. "The reopening means that hopefully some kind of normality is coming back. It's all about taking small steps." Newcastle City Council says it will continue to monitor social distancing measures and will work to get the market format back to normal, with the hope of increasing the number of stalls as traders get used to the new way of operating. The market will be open 9am to 4pm every Sunday.
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