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Farmers’ Market organiser responds to reopening of London Road

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The closure of London Road on Saturdays for Stroud Farmers’ Market has now come to an end.

The temporary closure was introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic to provide more space for social distancing.

Farmers’ Market organiser Kardien Gerbrands said: “It was a wonderful initiative of the town council’s to get the closure which enabled us to host all the regular stallholders in a safe way during the pandemic, with plenty of room for queuing and customers to navigate the market as safely as possible.

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Flashback: Kardien Gerbrands by the road closed sign in London Road last year. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

“Together with the support of the town council and the local EHO officers we were able to open up the market for visitors which was a marvellous boon to the town through times of general hardship, and most importantly it allowed our community to come to the market, which for many has been the highlight of of their week.”

London Road was originally closed all week but scaled back to just Saturdays last July. It was funded first from the government response to Covid-19 and more recently from the Welcome Back Fund.

“That funding has now come to an end which is why the closure will not be able to continue,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston. “The closure enabled us to ensure the town centre was safe for everyone and to encourage people back into the centre and support our local traders.”

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