TRADERS and customers at a weekly market were left “gobsmacked” after being told it will be closed throughout January.
Dorking’s Friday Market, which has taken place in St Martin’s Walk for more than 30 years, is owned and run by Mole Valley District Council.
The council says declining trade has prompted it to make changes, but traders are angry at the month-long closure.
Jerry Jackson, who has traded at the market for 25 years, said: “We didn’t know a thing about this closure until the guy from the council came down last Friday.
“A lot of us haven’t missed a week at the market since we started, to make sure that we are there for our loyal customers.
“If we disappear for a month, then how can we expect them to come back to us?
“The whole thing seems a bit underhand.
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