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Some festive facts for Christmas dinner Impress your friends and family with your store of yuletide knowledge


An alternative Christmas dictionary Some alternative definitions for words we normally associate with Christmas


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Traders at an iconic North East market claim the city’s festive event, which ended on December 16, had an adverse effect on their business.


Stallholders at Newcastle’s


Grade 1 listed Grainger Market say they experienced a drop in trade in the run up to the festive season, and are blaming the Christmas Market. Trader Pat Bennett has sold


pick ‘n’ mix from her stall at Grainger for 42 years, and was in no doubt about what was causing the dip in footfall. “It’s the Christmas Market,”


she told local media. “We don’t like it at all.” Newcastle City Council


has admitted it received a number of complaints from traders about it, and it is believed some were airing their grievances online in a private Facebook group. Also speaking to local


media, trader Francesca Scott, who along with her husband runs a contemporary food business at the market, claimed takings dropped by around 40 percent. “This should be our busiest


time of the year,” she said. “The market has killed business off – in here it has been dead. “We were getting to the


point with the business where we were making a profit but then it has all dropped off.” Trad ers knew the Monument market was coming, as i t has for several years, and some stallholders there dismissed the concerns, reasoning that anything which brings more visitors to the city centre has to be good for everyone. However, Mrs Scott and others questioned the council’s policy in introducing a market selling sweets, clothes and food when there was already one less than 50 yards away selling the same products. “The council could make it


special for Christmas in here instead,” she added. An estimated 6.5 million


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people now visit the market each year, which has seen a significant resurgence after the authority invested millions into revamping it, but this did not stop huge numbers of people gravitating to the Christmas market. A spokesperson for Newcastle City Council told local media: “We have had very positive feedback from the public. “A lot of people, both locally


and from outside the city enjoy visiting the markets as part of their overall Christmas experience. “Specialist markets, like


the Christmas markets held at the Monument area, attract thousands of shoppers and visitors, which helps to support the wider city centre economy. “Our Christmas offer in the


city is integral to our ambitious plans to create a world-class retail and leisure destination.


Newcastle’s Grainger Market (Photo: DurhamDundee)


MARKET TRADER, DECEMBER 21, 2018 - JANUARY 3, 2019 Festive event blamed for drop in trade “Those that come to the


city to visit the markets also spend time and money in other places across the city, including the Grainger Market.” The spokesperson said the


council was “working closely” with traders to “encourage them to take advantage of


the extra trade in the city at this time”. “ H o w e v e r , w e d o understand that many traders find this difficult as their existing business commitments and personal circumstances don’t allow for this,” they added. “In order for other city retailers and traders to benefit


from the increased footfall we aim to locate these specialist events in the heart of the city centre and the Monument has proved a successful and popular location. “We are constantly reviewing other locations in the city for the benefit of all users.”


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