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The changing face of street markets in the UK

18 May 2014 Last updated at 07:14 BST

Street markets have been a feature of most town and city centres for many years, but like High Street retailers, many have suffered during the economic downturn.

As a two-week celebration of the sector begins, the BBC's Kevin Peachey has been investigating what the future may hold for traders and examining the rights of consumers. .