Friday 25 June 2004 11.57am
This issue isn't directly addressed in the Bermondsey Square
thread, so I'm staring a new one.
Walking through the market today, I was struck at how tiny it now is, how few traders there are, compared with the number that were there even 18 months ago, when it used to spill on to Bermondsey Street
and take up the whole square. I also noticed that "Down Under Antiques" on Bermondsey Street
is having a closing down sale; as are the pictures-and-books traders in the building on Long Lane
-- I even have a feeling today (Friday 25/6) might be their last day. I overheard a conversation between two traders on Long Lane
: one said, "We'll have to get a bottle of Champagne to say goodbye", the other replied, "More like take a gun to our heads".
What's going on? Are there plans for the building on the corner of Long Lane
and Bermondsey Street
? Have the traders on the whole given up on Bermondsey? Will the Bermondsey Square
redevelopment REALLY be able to retain the market if the thing that makes the market, its PEOPLE, have just upped-sticks?
I don't know how busy it is early morning.
I'd really like to hear if anyone knows anything or has any views.