December 15, 2011 by Robert Townsend, Southport Visiter
THE international street market has returned to Southport, with stalls lining Lord Street from today (Thursday) until Monday.
Shoppers have the opportunity to sample produce from all over the world – but not everyone welcomes the influx of visiting traders.
In the run-up to Christmas and the competition for trade increases, many feel the tough economic conditions are being made more difficult by the influx of international sellers to our town.
The market is popular among residents and visitors alike, with stalls offering tasty treats gifts and souvenirs, but what effect does its presence have on our town?
Jill Skelton, owner of Wayfarers Arcade store Vintage Home, said: “ I don’t feel too personally affected here but I think that it has a massive impact on food outlets and cafes in the area.
“We are constantly being made aware of the Love Southport campaign and the importance of shopping locally this time of year, yet we are allowing traders from outside to infiltrate.
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