Market hasn’t stalled

Leighton Buzzard market
Leighton Buzzard market

Money made at Leighton-Linslade’s bi-weekly market has increased by an average of 25 per cent year on the year after being taken over by the town council.

Performance figures of the Tuesday and Saturday markets have revealed a noticeable improvement from June to September 2013 when compared to the previous year.

From the Tuesday market in 2012 and 2013, respectively, the income total rose from £2,536 to £4,081 for June, with Saturday climbing from £4,086 to £5,263.

Keith Boycee, who has run a fruit and veg stall in Leighton for the past 15 years, said: “The council have brought new stalls which has helped people to start off and kept people dry.

“What we need is free parking brought in to get the town really busy.

“You can only look at figures and it looks like it is on the up, but we are always quite steady.

“Everyone says it is getting better. I think things are on the up.

“The council has kept the market alive since they took it over.

“And they give us a holiday which is good too!

“We are making positive steps towards keeping Leighton Buzzard a market town.

“We all get on with each other here.”

Mick Taylor’s bakery stall has been in Leighton for past two years, and his brand visits 14 markets across the counties.

Mick said: “Out of all the other markets I go to, Leighton is the most proactive with trying to get more people to customers by organising events, like the activities over Christmas.

“These kinds of things bring people in and help you sell your gear. I see what the council are doing and it all seems very positive; they take care of business very well.

“Towards the end of 2013 it was not great because the weather plays a huge part in it, but it is a new year, so let’s see what happens.”