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Market traders celebrate best Xmas ever

PUBLISHED: 21:38 21 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:14 03 March 2010

TRADERS at Ipswich Market are celebrating after enjoying their best Christmas for years at its new site on the town's Cornhill.

To mark its success they've donated £100 to The Evening Star's SARS appeal and a further £100 to the charities supported by Ipswich Mayor Richard Risebrow.

TRADERS at Ipswich Market are celebrating after enjoying their best Christmas for years at its new site on the town's Cornhill.

To mark its success they've donated £100 to The Evening Star's SARS appeal and a further £100 to the charities supported by Ipswich Mayor Richard Risebrow.

"It's been a very good Christmas for all of us," said traders' chairman Mike Young.

"We've all done better than in previous years at the old site, and the area is really buzzing.

"We're now looking forward to the new year now we know we're going to be staying here."

The market was given an extension to its current lease earlier this month – and now looks set to stay on the Cornhill for the foreseeable future.

During the Christmas period, while The Evening Star Christmas Tree has been in place, the market has expanded from the area in front of the Town Hall to the square in front of the former post office.

"We've got a waiting list of people who would like to have stalls on the market," said Mr Young.

"We would like to expand in the future and will be looking at opportunities to extend the number of stalls.

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