Market returns to spiritual home

PUBLISHED: 18:43 31 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Market moved back to its spiritual home today after a four-month fight spearheaded by The Evening Star and its readers.

The sun shone down on the traders as they set up their stalls on the Cornhill for the first time.

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Town Hall," said luggage stall operator, Mitch Lloyd.

"They watched me with great suspicion, I'm sure they thought I was up to no good!" he said.

The market move was given a great send-off with face-painting for children at the start of the jubilee half-term.

Radio Suffolk's breakfast show came from the Cornhill as traders made their final preparations.

"Everything has gone as well as we could have wished so far. Now all we need is for the customers to come here," said Mr Young.

"With such a fine display, I'm sure we will have no trouble in attracting casual sales from people who would not have gone to the old Civic Centre site."

Mick Cox is one trader for whom the move was nothing new.

He's the longest-serving trader in Ipswich, having already moved his fruit and veg stall from the Crown Street site to Tower Ramparts and then Civic Centre.

For today's big move he had put a new sign on his van, with its new address.

Officially the move is only for six months, but traders have been given an assurance they will be able to stay there until next February at least.

And many traders remember that their previous site, at Civic Centre, was supposed to be temporary – but it stayed there for 18 years.

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