Smiles all round as 'non-essential' traders return to Leighton Buzzard Market

Residents can once again visit the market for clothes, cards and more!

By Joanna Gravett
Friday, 16th April 2021, 3:09 pm
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 3:10 pm

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.

Cllr Morris visits card stall holders Kim and Dave.

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."

Cllr Morris with Melvin (left) and Karen.

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.

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