This popular Stoke-on-Trent market is back open after three-month closure


Shoppers and traders have welcomed the return of their weekly outdoor market after it was shut down for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fenton Market is now back outside on the car park in City Road from 8am to 3pm every Thursday.

Stalls were selling clothes, household items, cleaning products and even toilet roll.

And customers were pleased to see its return.

Graham Degg managed to get his hands on some toilet roll after struggling to find it in the supermarkets.

Graham Degg was stocking up on toilet roll at Fenton Market

The 82-year-old, from Fenton, said: “I’m really happy it’s back, it’s champion.

“I come here every Thursday and I have missed it. I’ve managed to get toilet rolls from here today which I hadn’t been able to get elsewhere. I’m going to get some bulbs too.

“I feel safe with it being outdoors.”

Pat Cotton, aged 68, from Fenton, said: “I’m glad it’s back, I’ve missed going for bits and bobs.

“I’ve just come for a browse today and it feels like things are back to normal again. I’ll be popping back next week.

“It’s nice that people who live here, who don’t have cars, can get out and come here again now. It’s very convenient for people.”

Fenton Market on City Road

And Shirley Scalon, aged 54, from Fenton, said: “I’m so chuffed, it’s absolutely brilliant to have it back.

“It’s been well and truly missed, I come here every week so I was really pleased when I heard it was opening.

“I’ve bought some bits and bobs from the hardware stall today and I’ll be back next week.”

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Frankie Singh travels from Wolverhampton to run his men’s fashion stall and says it’s ‘very good to be back’.

The 40-year-old said: “It’s very good to be back and it’s nice to see a lot of old faces and regular customers.

“The first week of lockdown was difficult because I’m used to being outside and working, but home schooling the children has kept me busy.

“As soon as I heard Boris saying markets could open again I was delighted and it’s been done sensibly as the virus seems to be slowing down now.

“I’m wearing gloves today and we have lots of signs reminding people about the two-metre distancing rule. I’ve also bought a card reader so I can provide contactless payment.

“I’m grateful to be out and about again even in the rainy weather.”

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