'Probably the craic' - Grainger Market traders reveal their favourite things about Newcastle's iconic market

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Grainger Market traders have revealed what they like about working there.

Having opened in October 1835, Newcastle's Grainger Market has been in the heart of the city centre for almost 190 years.

In that time, many iconic market traders and stalls have come and gone but the charm of the market still remains to this day.

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So we went along to ask those who are trading there in March 2024 what their favourite thing about the historic market is.

Joss Elder, owner of King Baby Bagels. Photo: National World.Joss Elder, owner of King Baby Bagels. Photo: National World.
Joss Elder, owner of King Baby Bagels. Photo: National World. | National World

For Joss Elder, owner of King Baby Bagels, it is being a part of the market's long history which makes it special for him.

He said: "I think it is being part of the history of it all and being with so many great small traders, especially in food.

"Just being a part of that, it is something special and hopefully within 50 or 100 years, it will still be going."

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Blake Fletcher, a fishmonger at Lindsay Bros. Photo: National World.Blake Fletcher, a fishmonger at Lindsay Bros. Photo: National World.
Blake Fletcher, a fishmonger at Lindsay Bros. Photo: National World. | National World

The market attracts a huge variety of traders and shoppers to Newcastle city centre, something which Blake Fletcher, a fishmonger at Lindsay Bros, touched on.

He commented: "Probably the craic and meeting different people every day from all walks of life.

"Every day is different, that is probably the best thing I would say."

Tian Tang, the owner of Tian's Gifts. Photo: National World.Tian Tang, the owner of Tian's Gifts. Photo: National World.
Tian Tang, the owner of Tian's Gifts. Photo: National World. | National World

Tian Tang, the owner of Tian's Gifts, praised the community spirit that exists within the market.

She added: "I love the local community here.

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"Since I opened my business, I've received a lot of help from the local community and the local council."

Nick Robinson, managing director of Robinson's Pet Store, the UK's oldest family-run pet store, stated that the market's decentralised offering is what appeals most to him.

He said: "I think it is the decentralisation of it all.

"I also think the camaraderie of all the traders makes it feel like everybody is in it together."

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