Stop complaining

I WOULD like to thank the people involved for organising a very successful Continental market in Huntingdon, in particular the town centre manager. As always, the quality of the products on sale was excellent, although they were a little pricey. And it wa

I WOULD like to thank the people involved for organising a very successful Continental market in Huntingdon, in particular the town centre manager.

As always, the quality of the products on sale was excellent, although they were a little pricey. And it was exciting to see the town centre packed with people, especially on the Saturday. That's how it should be every weekend.

However, in true British tradition, there are always some who will complain. I believe it was one of the weekly market traders complaining that a continental stall was selling the same products and was too close to their pitch, and then some of the other retailers were not happy that stalls had blocked the view of their window displays.

Can't these people understand that, if it weren't for the continental market, the town would not have been so busy and their turnover for that day would have been dramatically less?


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It's only one day a year. Put up with it, as it's what the residents of Huntingdonshire want, or improve the quality of your products to attract the same numbers into the town.

Secondly, the Churchmanor development of the centre of the town, the old Threshers building and behind, is a great improvement. It was sad that the intended occupier of the largest unit pulled out at the last moment. But no one will be surprised that the new tenants are yet another greeting card shop.

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What is it about Huntingdon that attracts mobile phone shops (another has just opened in St Benedict's Court), spectacle outlets, charity shops and card shops?

Who decides to let these shops open? Is it out of desperation that Churchmanor has grabbed with open hands the first retailer that shows the slightest interest in the building and not considered the commercial value of an outlet that is already well represented in the town?

I feel very sorry for the other retailers of Huntingdon who are gradually seeing the numbers of shoppers reduce as we go to Cambridge and Peterborough in search of choice and originality. And I will be one of them.

T FINIGHAN, Wertheim Way, Huntingdon

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