Tavistock market traders are going to be all over the place from next week until Easter but most are hanging on in during renovation of the market hall – re-roofing and other works required by Listed Building rules, to stringent requirements.

A trader tells us: “The Butchers’ Hall (last used as Ward and Chowen’s saleroom), next door to the market, is up and running as a temporary hall and you should find all the permanent traders there, such as the plants, greengrocery, watchman, hardware etc. They only have limited space but will be trading as normal and are relying on Tavistock’s regular market users to find and support them.

“As, indeed, are the more occasional traders. Most of them have moved to upstairs in the Town Hall. Some hardy souls will be in the Square. The town hall room is squeezed for space and some of the Tuesday antiques and collectables stalls are going into hibernation except for the special Vintage Fairs – next one Sat. Feb 17.

“Everyone accepts the work on the building has to be done and it’s best done now, before spring.”

Bob’s Cafe will stay where it is during the works, along with all the shops round the perimeter of the market hall.

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