HUNDREDS of shoppers have shown support for a town centre mini-market shut by Basildon Council.
Six traders, including popular florist Peter Townsend, 61, ran stalls on Saturdays next to Costa Coffee, in Basildon Town Square.
However, the council decided last week the traders could not operate there any longer, because of fears the mini-market was providing too much competition for the main market, by the bus station.
On their final day on Saturday, disappointed stallholders collected 500 signatures for a petition calling for them to stay.
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