Amber Valley open air markets are a tradition

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Stall holder Alex Weston has called on traders to get involved in regenerating 
Ripley Market.

Alex, 49, who runs the hot food stall, is hoping traders will flock to the market, bringing a wider variety of produce and a fresh feel to town’s age-old tradition.

Ripley Market place car boot.

Ripley Market place car boot.

Alex has been running a stall on Ripley Market Place for ten years and believes now is the time for change.

She said: “The market is brilliant and it is a real hotspot in the town but we need to bring in some new ideas and produce to keep moving 
forward and notbecome stuck in the past.

“It’s all about 
getting people back up to the Market Place to have a look around.

“It is nice for people to get involved and give something back to the community. The market endorses local people and local goods – fresh 
produce at a reasonable price, what more could you want?”

The open-air market runs weekly on a Friday and Saturday from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

The current stalls include clothes, fish, cakes and bread, socks and gloves, fruit and vegetables, flowers and bric-a-brac.

Alex has also been using her stall as an opportunity to raise funds for charity. She collects tips from customers and donates them to a local charity.

Her son was diagnosed with diabetes aged 13, so Alex is now saving up her tips to donate them to charity in honour of her son.

She said: “It’s not just a market, it’s a community, a way of helping others.”

Head down to the market to make enquiries about a pitch.