Torrential rain sinks trade at Doncaster market

Empty stalls in Doncaster market as the rain hit trade on Friday.
Empty stalls in Doncaster market as the rain hit trade on Friday.
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TRADERS on Doncaster market were expecting to feel the cost of yesterday’s torrential rain in their pockets.

Traders were resigned to a poor day’s trading because of the dreadful weather.

Fishmonger Justin Carr, who runs Berry’s stall on the fishmarket, described business as ‘absolutely dire’.

He said: “It’s the worst day I’ve had since I took over the stall but I’m not surprised.”

He also had to think about potential problems at home.

“I live near the Don but I’ve been there 20 years so I can usually tell when it might be going to flood. It needs 24 hours non-stop rain but this should stop by tonight and then it goes down quite quickly.”

Mick Maye, who runs a greeting cards stall in the indoor market, said: “It has been quiet because people are frightened to come out in this sort of weather.

“On a day like this people will only come out if they have to but there are some who will always come to the market. I’d rather it be on a Friday than on a Wednesday when absolutely nobody would be here.

“But my old boss used to say you have to have bad days to have the good days and people will always come back to the market.”

Armitage’s sweet stall also reported business as being ‘very slow’.

And Doncaster based fairgrounds boss Roger Tuby warned the downpours would affect business.

He had been due to provide rides for a major event at Harewood House, near Leeds, but had to cancel because of the state of the fields.

He said: “There are cancellations all over. I’ve never known it as bad.”

Many events went ahead despite the conditions, including the racing at Town Moor. The Kingswood Centre on the former Earth Centre site also remained open despite the conditions which had struck Denaby.

The Master and The Mine event at Brodsworth Hall today and tomorrow is due to go ahead because most of it will be held within the hall. Management gave an assurance that tomorrow’s brass band concert will still take place on the lawns even if there is more rain.

But the deluge has caused the postponement of at least one weekend event.

Organisers of tomorrow’s Skate, Scooter and BMX Jam at Sprotbrough Skate Park, on Anchorage Lane, have decided to postpone the event because of the deluge.

It will now be put back until Sunday, September 2.

Steve Gratton, one of the organisers, said: “We are expecting a wash out, and we feel running it on a wet skate park could be dangerous.”