Traders return to the market at Downham with COVID-secure measures in place. Pictures: Ian Burt

The dry weather was welcomed by shoppers and traders alike for the return of two popular West Norfolk markets.

A busy Farmers’ Market was held on King’s Lynn’s Saturday Market Place last Saturday, organised by King’s Lynn BID (Business Improvement District), known has Discover King’s Lynn, and the borough council.

Shoppers and traders getting back to the new normal in Lynn. Pictures: Ian Burt

And familiar faces returned to  Downham Market last Friday and Saturday as the market re-opened for a second time following talks between the stallholders and town council.

Vicky Etheridge King’s Lynn BID manager said: “We had a good day on Saturday and what was lovely to see that it was a real social occasion. 

“It’s not just about coming to buy a treat or even an essential, people came to chat traders who they haven’t seen for a while and whilst in the queue they chatted to one another. 

“There was a warm and friendly atmosphere which was really heartening.” 

Traders to return included On the Hoof, Norfolk Charcoal, Norfolk Raider Cider and Pulvertoft Flowers.

Ms Etheridge added: “I am getting almost daily requests from new traders to join the market. 

“I think the impact of COVID-19 on the economy is already bringing out the new entrepreneurs and side hustlers and there is a role for markets to play in supporting and encouraging them.”

At Downham’s Market Square, Moyses, GKM Watches and Eastenderolls were some of traders who were back.

One shopper tweeted: “Feels very, very good to have the market back in Downham.”