MARKET traders in Gainsborough say their trade is suffering and they should have greater protection.
They believe the market, which comes to town on Tuesday and Saturday, holds special privileges which were granted in an historic market charter.
“There is a charter somewhere which says there should not be another market within six and two thirds of a mile of Gainsborough market place,” said Rob Grimes, who runs the sweet stall on Silver Street.
“Yet the monthly farmers’ market has been moved away from the town centre and into Marshall’s Yard, pulling trade away from the main market.”
Mr Grimes, and others in the town, have been unsuccessful in their attempts to uncover the elusive charter.
West Lindsey District Council only holds a copy of a charter from Charles I dated 1637, which grants Gainsborough the right to hold two fairs in October and at Easter.
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