An historic market has held its final day of trading before it closes for good in the New Year – but campaigners are still hoping it could be saved.
Goole Market, in Stanley Street, will be closing for good on January 12, after Goole Town Council asked to end their lease with East Riding Council because the market was “no longer financially viable”.
Now traders have come together one last time to show shoppers how much the market will be missed when it is gone, and to gather ideas on how the venue can be used in the future.
Margaret Hicks-Clarke, chair of Goole Civic Society, said: “We’re trying to raise awareness of the market and get the community to support it.
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“It’s closing earlier than we thought because some traders have already left and others will be moving early in the New Year, and we wanted to show one last time how great the market is.
“We also wanted to celebrate Christmas with customers.”
Goole Civic Society has launched a campaign asking the public to help put forward ideas to prevent the market being left derelict.
Options currently open for discussion include a revamp of the market to resemble the Trinity Market in Hull, creating a community hub or allowing the venue to become a shared environment for traders and the community.
The public are also being asked to put forward any ideas they may have that could save the building.
“The last thing we need is a building in the middle of Goole left unheated and standing empty,” said Ms Hicks-Clarke. “We can help create something in its place for the future. The building still belongs to East Riding Council and we need to persuade them the market is worth saving.
“I think the café will be the greatest loss, because that will be closing at the end of January. It’s a very popular community café where the elderly and people who would otherwise be alone come to meet up and chat over a hot dinner.”
Members of the society will also be in the town centre with petitions.
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