Historic Newton Heath market forced to close

An historic market which has been part of the community for more than 80 years has been forced to close.

Traders have packed up at Newton Heath market in Manchester for the final time after it struggled to cope with the continuing economic crisis.

A group of stallholders took over the running of the market last year but hope of stopping the decline failed.

Martin Lees, who has run a bed stall there for 22 years, said: "We just can't keep on going."

The market, which had a large range of stalls, went under a major revamp in 2009, with new gazebos and refurbishment by Manchester City Council.

However, it still could not attract enough custom on the three days it opened every week.

Mr Lees added: "It's a very sad time, even the customers are sad about it, they keep on coming up to us asking if there is anything we could do about it but we just can't."

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