Bulwell Market traders 'ploughing on' as they recover from lockdown

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Business is getting back to booming at one of Nottinghamshire’s best-loved markets, as traders say things are returning to normal post-lockdown.

After being gutted of more than half its stalls throughout swathes of the covid pandemic, Bulwell Market is almost back to a full cast.

None are more long standing than Fred Bradshaw, who has been plying his trade at the fruit and veg stall just off Main Street since he was eight years old.

“We’re ploughing on and slowly returning back to normal,” said the 59-year-old.

“I didn’t miss a day through the whole thing. One good thing since the lockdown is we’ve had a few more young people come to the market.”

He said: “During lockdown people would come here and get something and then leave as they had to be careful. But now, with the other stalls here, they tend to stay around.

He added that this social element was one of the draws of the job, before casually tossing a piece of rubbish four metres into the bin, as if to prove his longevity in the business.

However, all is not so glamorous. Starting before dawn to collect stock and staying until the very end of the day is the norm for Fred.

“It can be a hard life, but a fun life,” he said.

Alan Walker pictured behind his stall (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Another everpresent is Alan Walker, 70, who runs Jan’s Free Range Eggs.

“It’s nice to get back to normal and have all the traders again,” he said.

“I’ve definitely seen a change since. There are a lot of new customers – it’s good to see them shopping locally.

“I just hope it stays like this, we’ve just got to get on with life.”

Not all traders believe things are getting back to normal though. Colin Grint runs Mandy’s Smoking Accessories with his wife, and was forced to temporarily leave the market due to restriction.

The 63-year-old said: “It’s been up and down but not back to normal – nothing like it. It’s not as it used to be, although we’ve managed to get one or two more traders.

“I think it’s a lot to do with online. People can just get stuff that we sell on click and collect, that’s the problem. There are a couple of bits we sell that you can’t find in many more places but not much.”

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