Goole Market closure sends 'shockwaves' through town

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Aug 2018

News that Goole is set to lose its historic market has sent “shockwaves” throughout the town.

A letter sent to stall holders by Goole Town Council confirmed it had given notice on the market, and would pull out at the end of March 2019.

The Victorian Hall Market dates back more than a century, and traders have sold everything from foods, clothing, electrical items and jewellery in that time.

The letter from Goole Town Council said: “I am writing to you to provide some certainty regarding the closure of the Victorian Hall Market, as I am aware that you will be in the process of ordering stock.

“You will be aware that there have been prolonged discussions with our landlord, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, regarding the lease of the market hall.

Stall holder Kevin Brooke, who has run his card business in the market for 35 years

“The landlord stated that there is a valid lease until November 2020, and the council’s response was that the lease was never signed and therefore notice can be given at any time.

“Notice was duly given to terminate the council’s operation of the market with effect from March 31, 2019, but as yet a response has not been received.”

The council said, despite the lack of a response, it was pushing ahead with the withdrawal, citing losses which made carrying on “unsustainable.”

Residents and traders alike have spoken of their shock at the news.

One said: “Goole has always been a market down, but now it seems no longer.

Inside the market in Goole

“The shockwaves are still spreading through the town. Stallholders are in shock, as are half the people who have heard the news.

“The market is a real social meeting place for people to meet up.”

The council has also warned traders that as of August 11, steps will be introduced in a bid to cut losses until they withdraw next year.

The Victorian market is currently open from Tuesday to Saturday.

Its closure will come with great sadness for many in Goole, who will hold fond memories of its history.

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