A popular weekend market and car boot sale has been held for the final time at its long-standing home – before it moves to a new location.
The move comes as Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to close the Lower Hinde Street car park to the general public from tomorrow.
It means 50 bays on the Hanley car park can be allocated to people staying at the neighbouring Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.
Now the weekend market and car boot sale, which is normally based there, will be moving to a new location next to the bus station in Hanley – to the car park at Birch Terrace, where the Winter Wonderland was based over Christmas.
Trader Betty Knott has been a regular at the weekend market since it used to be housed at the former Valentino’s nightclub, on Etruria Road, Hanley, where Genting Casino is now.
Betty, aged 52, of Hanley, said: “If it is well advertised it will be okay, but a lot of people won’t know about it until we move.
“Lower Hinde Street is a good location because lots of people can park. So it means if they are buying something big they can put it straight into the car.
“We’ll have to wait and see. I’ve been coming to this market for about 20 years, since it was at Valentino’s.”
Stephen Mellor, aged 54, of Crewe, who sells antiques and bric-a-brac from his stall, said: “I’ve been coming here for three years and it has been good. We get lots of people here when the weather is good.
“We won’t know what the new location is like until we move.”
Steve Johnson, aged 55, of Newcastle, who sells hot snacks from his Jeff Allcock Catering van, said: “The market has been at Lower Hinde Street for a good while and it depends on the weather. When it is sunny it is always really busy.
“We are going to move to the bus station. I think it is better here, but that is where it’s got to go.”
Trader Alan Mellor, aged 56, of Crewe, said: “I think it will be fine at the new location.
“As long as the sun shines we get a lot of people.
“We do tend to see the same people each week.”
Shopper Ennio Sireno, aged 73, of Shelton, said: “I come to look for pottery to buy. This market is a good place to find pottery, because it’s harder to find since all the old factories shut.
“I’ve been coming to this market for years. I used to go to it when it was at Valentino’s and before that. I will still go to it when it moves to go by the bus station.”