February 11, 2012 East London and West Essex Guardian Series
A NEGLECTED and run down historic market is set to get a new lease of life as a community hub for artists and independent traders.
Wood Street Indoor Market, which was once the site of a cinema and a thriving antiques emporium, has fallen on hard times in recent years.
Now 21 new businesses will open with the help of funds secured by Waltham Forest Council through Boris Johnson’s fund for outer London boroughs.
They were chosen from 130 entrants to a competition which invited businesses to pitch their case for inclusion in the scheme.
One of the successful enterprises was Strange Fruit, a greeting card business run by Denise Rawls.
She said: “I go to a lot of different events to sell my cards and people always ask if I have a shop they can visit.
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