Townsfolk are celebrating the return of 'non-essential' stall-holders to Leighton Buzzard Market, as familiar faces were welcomed back to the High Street with a smile.
On Tuesday, stall holders including Melvin 'the boxers man' and Kim and Dave 'the card couple' made their special return.
Deputy Mayor of Leighton-Linslade Cllr Tony Morris visited the stall holders on Tuesday to show his support, and is hoping that residents will follow suit and shop local.
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Cllr Morris told the LBO: "The sun came out as our 'non-essential' traders returned to the market. It was wonderful to see our towns people welcoming back those regular traders who have experienced such a traumatic time in the last year.
"There was a real feeling of progress and moving forward, returning in part, to what many of us so love about our town."
Speaking to Melvin, 'the boxers man', Cllr Morris said: "Welcome back to the market Mel, we've missed you. Whoever said undies and socks are not essential?", while praising Karen Young, 'the flower lady', he told the newspaper: "Karen has been back trading for a while with her wonderful flowers and plants, helping to keep the market alive - she didn't want to miss out on the photo opportunity."
Talking about Kim and Dave, 'the card couple', he said: "Got a few anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, Mothers Day and Easter to catch up on? Welcome back to them both."
Leighton Buzzard Market continues to operate weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9am – 3pm, in the High Street.
Please continue to follow Government guidance and stay at home if you or a member of your household has symptoms, or is diagnosed with Covid-19.
To find out more about the market, please visit: https://leightonbuzzardmarket.co.uk/