Archive for fakenham – Page 2

Neil Cook Fresh Fish

neil-cook-fresh-fishNeil Cook runs his Fresh Fish stall from his van on the far side of the market area in front of Argos, on the edge of White Horse Street.

Where are you from?
Lowestoft.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
My Dad was here for 35 years and then I took over 6 years ago.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 12.30pm

What other markets do you attend?
None. I do rounds in Suffolk villages on Wednesday and Friday.

What led you to running this stall?
I used to be a ceramic tiler for 19 years, then when Dad retired, I took this over.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
Friendly people, very polite and helpful. Generally a nice place.

What do you sell ?
Fresh fish – salmon, skate, dressed crabs, plaice, herrings, kippers, cod, haddock, smoked haddock, mackerel, sea bass, monkfish, halibut, and hot smoked salmon.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Tony’s Discount Stall

tonys-discountTony’s Discount stall is a longstanding popular destination for market shoppers, whether it be looking for bargain priced foods for everyday use or reduced boxes of chocolates for Christmas. You can always hear Tony calling out his wares from his stall just outside HSBC bank.

Where are you from?
Norwich.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
About 38 years.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 2pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Diss, Aylsham, Bury St Edmunds, North Walsham, and Wymondham.

What led you to running this stall?
I started when I was 18 – 20 years old and had always wanted to do this. It’s a hard job but I love it.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
The people are lovely. Personally I think it could do with more free parking – it would help the market.

What do you sell ?
All kinds of food products – cake, nuts, pasta, cheese, biscuits, coffee, meat and more.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Clothing Stall

clothing-stallHamish runs his colourful and extensive ladies and gents clothing stall in the Market Place along the side of Boots.

Where are you from?
Littleport.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
15 or 20 years.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 2.30pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Kings Lynn, Swaffham, Hunstanton (Sunday) and Sheringham (Wednesday).

What led you to running this stall?
My brother was running a stall and in 1975 I started running a stall!

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
It’s quite busy and trade goes up in summer with the holiday-makers. The customers are friendly and the Town Council are very supportive here.

What do you sell ?
Italian fashions, men’s T- shirts, jackets, coats, dresses, cardigans, skirts and tops.

Bric-a-Brac

bric-a-bracThis longstanding Bric-a-Brac stall trades on the market area on the left as you walk in from Bridge Street. There are many others too on this section of the market, making it well worth a wander round to find some unexpected bargains and nostalgic items from the past.

Where are you from?
North Norfolk.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
40 years.

What are your opening times here?
7am – 2pm in dry weather.

What other markets do you attend?
None.

What led you to running this stall?
I’ve always been a collector and running this stall was easy to do when bringing up children.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
The camaraderie, friendly traders, a really good mix of stalls. I do love it. It’s a unique market, I don’t know of another like it now in North Norfolk.

What are your best selling items?
Crockery collectables, vintage cutlery, bric-a-brac, ornaments, kitchenware.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Handbags

handbagsJonny George runs his Handbags stall in the market area just outside Boots.

Where are you from?
Fakenham.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
This stall has been here 7 years, and I took over from Kevin last year.

What are your opening times here?
8am – 3pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Swaffham, Diss and Watton.

What led you to running this stall?
I was looking for a change, after being in the hospitality trade for 30 years, and Kevin was retiring…

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
I’ve always liked Fakenham Market – it’s certainly the best in the area, very vibrant with the auction as well, gives it a nice feel.

What do you sell ?
Handbags, purses, wallets, rucksacks, shopping trolleys, luggage. Prices from £3 for a travel card holder up to £48 for leather handbags.

J&H Shoes

shoe-stallJames Manning runs the J & H Shoes stall on the market area just in front of Argos.

Where are you from?
Bury St Edmunds.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
My Dad was here for 15 years, then there was short break, while someone else had a stall here, and now I have been here for about 6 months.

What are your opening times here?
7am – 2pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Bury St Edmunds, Diss and St Ives.

What led you to running this stall?
It was handed down to me, I just took over from my parents.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
It’s just a lovely laidback open market. Great auction rooms bring people into the market. Just nice people in general.

What do you sell ?
Men’s and Ladies’ Footwear – shoes, sandals, slippers and boots.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield