The European continental markets in Douglas do ‘great harm’ to traders elsewhere in the island and they should be stopped said Peter Birch, who owns the Original Manx Fudge Factory.
Mr Birch wrote to local authorities asking for their opposition to the markets, which ran during Manx Grand Prix week and are due to return to the island in the run up to Christmas.
While the continental market was in Douglas last year, Mr Birch attended the Christmas fair in Ramsey, which raises funds for Hospice, ‘in previous years this has always been a successful event, but on this day, Ramsey was dead!’ he wrote. ‘Only five people came through the door between 12pm and 1pm.
‘The markets are deliberately intended to take trade away from the towns and villages and attract shoppers to Douglas and keep tourists in Douglas.’
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