Back in the days of cobbled streets and thieving monkeys, stall holders’ cheeky sales pitches were part of the fabric of Romford Market.
Though the words echoing around the 270-stall square in the 1950s and 60s may not have been understood by shoppers travelling from outside the East End, local punters thrived on the “hustle and bustle” that came with market day.
So how does it compare in 2014? As the current crop of stall holders – some stalwarts, some new faces – battle against dwindling footfall, many have called for a return to the “good old days,” when a sense of humour was an essential part of their work.
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