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As the country continues with the lockdown to keep everyone safe, Sneinton Market team, traders and customers are making a real difference in Nottingham. This was more so as the temperatures hit 23 degrees on Saturday.

Going around the market yesterday, the traders and buyers were all beaming with joy as they saw familiar faces and the wonderful array of items for sale. A variety of stalls, all social distancing, included Abeyo (Ethiopian cuisine), Bike repairs, Kevin’s (bread), Functionalchemy (soaps), Psychadelic (Cider and branded masks).

It was such a nice feeling to be able to see people coming to buy what they needed and at the same time social distancing. Sneinton market is however a shadow of itself as those traders not offering essential items are not allowed to open while others can only sell essential items.

“I could not sell my spoons and other carvings as they are not considered essential. These will have to wait until the pandemic is over”, said Dean of Functionalchemy.

“I came out today to buy supplies as I was running low but did not know the market was open. The market is a true treat! The gorgeous day, beautiful sunshine and all the smiling faces are making me so happy!”

“I am not sure what week of lockdown we are on, but working from home, online meetings and herding the little ones through home schooling is beginning to feel like the new normal. But getting out here today with the little ones is nostalgic. Sneinton market is a great opportunity to interact and feel alive again and a way to shape a new normal”.

Kevin Price, the organiser of the market said, “We have been running the market every Saturday for the past six weeks. We have not missed a weekend since the lockdown as we are an essential service. As you can see, many people are here to buy essentials, see people and feel alive”

“I walked here from Mapperley and as I strolled down Woodborough road, everybody seemed to be seeking a piece of the sunshine. With temperature above 20 degrees, which is not common in England, this was the perfect chance for people to come out and enjoy the sunshine. It was great to see people catching the sun with convertible cars, t-shirts, dresses, and shorts. At the market, I met friends I have not seen in weeks due to the lockdown with whom we shared stories, experiences and laughter”

“Once a week, I walk to my mum’s house and have a brief conversation through the window, then past my sister’s house and wave to her, my nephews and nieces before heading to the Sneinton market on my way home. This saves me from the monotonous negative media stories on effects and impacts of coronavirus. Sneinton market adds to my joy and delight”.


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