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Shoppers call to save market

PUBLISHED: 13:09 11 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:19 03 March 2010

LET'S save Ipswich Market!

That's the message from shoppers who have signed the Evening Star petition in their hundreds to save the market from closure.

LET'S save Ipswich Market!

That's the message from shoppers who have signed the Evening Star petition in their hundreds to save the market from closure.

The number of signatures collected by stallholder Mike Young has been overwhelming, with market users clearly behind the campaign to move the market to the Cornhill.

Market users clearly voted with their feet on Saturday with most market stalls busy with queues of customers during the morning and lunch time period.

Mr Young, who runs a fish stall, said the response to the Star campaign had been tremendous, despite the recent poor weather.

He said: "It's very windy here today and no place for a market. I've been here for 18 years and the wind just blows up and circulates through the market.

"We did have the petition out the front but it kept getting blown about. Despite this, people have been signing in their droves."

One user behind the campaign was market user Jane Anderton, 46, of Norwich Road, Ipswich.

She said: "I use the market a couple of times a month which is why I signed the petition. It's cheaper than other shops and I want it to stay."

As well as the hundreds of signatures collected by market holders a continuous stream of signed coupons have also flooded in to the Star offices with overwhelming support for it to be saved.

Should the market be saved or is it time for it to close? Vote online at www.eveningstar.co.uk

n See today's letters page for more views on the Ipswich market debate.

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