Mar­ket open as nor­mal, de­spite blaze

TRADERS DE­TER­MINED TO KEEP ‘HID­DEN GEM’ ALIVE

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By JAMIE BAR­LOW

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

Phil Poyser

Shop­pers hunt for bar­gains at Not­ting­ham Cat­tle Mar­ket

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