Market open as normal, despite blaze
TRADERS DETERMINED TO KEEP ‘HIDDEN GEM’ ALIVE
SELLERS will be back at Nottingham Cattle Market today – less than a week after a huge fire ripped through the site and destroyed a number of buildings.
The market starts at 7.30am and finishes around 1.30pm and typically features around 40 stalls attracting hundreds of shoppers.
Last Sunday evening, a vast fire broke out at the site. A number of busi- nesses were affected and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said four buildings were “completely destroyed”.
Three people have been released under investigation following the incident. Two men - aged 19 and 25 - and a 25-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of arson on Tuesday and taken into custody.
They have since been released under investigation while further enquiries are carried out.
Market bosses said it was “business as usual” this weekend for stallholders on the market.
Phil Poyser, managing director of Arthur Johnson, an auction firm which runs the market, said staff were delighted and praised the “determination of an absolutely brilliant band of traders”.
“Although our six salerooms occupy the main part of the Cattle Market site, we were incredibly fortunate and escaped the blaze undamaged,” he said. “It’s business as usual for us and our weekly Saturday auctions are going ahead as they do every week. “However, many of our neighbours have seen their premises devastated, and we feel so terribly sorry for them. “The only consolation is that the overriding impression over the last couple of days has been of people pulling together, going out of their way for each other and making the best of a dreadful situation. After the initial shock and sorrow, people have bounced back to a remarkable degree. “Everyone’s putting on a brave face and staying positive, they’re just determined to keep the Cattle Market alive.” He added: “It’s special, a unique gem tucked away in the heart of our city. “The market’s actually been a part of Nottingham life for well over a century - Arthur Johnson started out here himself 130 years ago this year.”
After the initial shock and sorrow, people have bounced back to a remarkable degree
Shoppers hunt for bargains at Nottingham Cattle Market