Stallholders in King’s Lynn’s busiest shopping centre have hit back at claims that their presence is detrimental to the town.
The Norfolk Farm Shop stall, run by Lee Shannon, and the nearby flower stall, run by Carl Ashton, in the Vancouver Quarter were criticised at a meeting which was prompted by the Mary Portas report into the state of UK high streets.
The Let’s Talk Shop meeting on Tuesday night was initiated by West Norfolk Council and designed for the authority and businesses to share ideas but traders spent most of the meeting asking questions about the privately-owned shopping centre.
Linda Howe, managing director of Pastimes in Tower Street, labelled the two stalls a “disgrace” with workers on the fruit and vegetable stall “hollering all day long and degrading the town”.
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