VIDEO: Doncaster traders smiling as sunshine boosts business

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Doncaster town centre traders say business is booming as the barbecue summer continues.

Sales of sausages and burgers have shot up as people take advantage of the heatwave.

Greengrocer Michael Davis at Doncaster Markets.

Greengrocer Michael Davis at Doncaster Markets.

Nigel Wilkinson, chairman of Doncaster Market Traders’ Federation, said: “The recent hot weather has been great for traders on the markets. Sales of sausages, burgers and other barbecue foods, as well as garden items have all been big sellers.”

Greengrocer Michael Davis, of K and D Davis, added: “Business is excellent. We’re selling lots of salads and soft fruits such as cherries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.”

Traders in the Frenchgate Centre are also enjoying a summer sales boost. Centre director Richard Paxton, said: “The retailers have demoted their brollies and raincoats to the back of their stores and the tills are finally ringing with sales of swimsuits and sun cream.”

In Mexborough, trader Dave Thorpe runs the flower and plant stall on the market. He said: “The heat wave has boosted business quite a bit.

“The summer sunshine has got customers into their gardens and given me a welcome boost after a bit of a slow start to the year with the bad weather.”

Coun Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, said: “Temperatures are set to stay in the high twenties, creating a feel good factor in our town centres.

“It’s great to see business booming and shoppers across the borough buying locally. The success of our markets continues with new traders joining us and regeneration underway.”