December 5, 2011 BBC News, By Claire Savage
Many of our towns across Northern Ireland have a weekly market and some, like Newtownards in County Down, have been known as market towns for hundreds of years.
The Saturday market is in the town’s Conway Square, but it needs to find a new home while the square undergoes a three-month make-over.
Come January, the 50 or so traders are off the square and they are worried.
Traders claim the future of the market is in doubt because the Roads Service won’t allow it to relocate to one of their car parks.
The council also blames the Roads Service for not allowing the market to use one of its nearby car parks.
The longest serving trader, Clive O’Neill, has been operating in the square for more than 35 years.
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