Market traders looking to attract more custom with ‘Fun Day’

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Traders at Milton Keynes Market are working on new ways to promote themselves and attract new custom – starting with a ‘Fun Day’.

The Milton Keynes Market Traders Association, which formed earlier this year, have had the support of city MP Mark Lancaster who went to visit the market on Thursday to see the progress they were making.

He said: “I am pleased to see that the Traders have come together to promote our local market and protect their interests.

“It is so important that this valuable community asset is looked after well and I for one am looking forward to attending their fund day at the end of August.”

The Fun Day will be held on August 31 between 10am and 4pm and will see entertainment for kids in the form of a pop-up farm and small rides including a mini ferris wheel.

There will also be various dancers and an African Fashion show with chefs coming in to cook dishes using food that can be found on the market.

City poet laureate Mark Niel will also be writing a poem for the occasion

The association was formed in response to the unrest caused by the application to build a Primark in the area that would have seen the market moved from its current location under Secklow Gate bridge.

Chairman of the Market Traders Association, Elizabeth Hobbs, said: “We need to promote the market in any way we can. It will also give us a chance to thank residents who supported us during the campaign we ran.

“In the long term we have been discussing getting artwork designed for traders’ shutters, putting up hanging baskets in the summer and better signage.”