In Search of Subjects

Hinckley Market runs the length of Castle Street, which was made a pedestrian zone a few years ago. It’s a good workout, because the street is actually on a steep hill, so down one side and back up the other. Two very different walks.

Most of the people who run stalls at this market have been there for years. Their spots are well-established.

Mondays and Saturdays are when she's here.
Mondays and Saturdays are when she’s here.
It's cooler in the shade, but the work keeps her warm enough.
It’s cooler in the shade, but the work keeps her warm enough.
He makes a late day sale.
He makes a late day sale.
Earlier, his corner stand was filled fruit and veg,
Earlier, his corner stand was filled with fruit and veg.
She's from here and has shopped here all her life.
She’s from here and has shopped here all her life.
She puts down her coffee to make change.
She puts down her coffee to make change.
"Bread, baked fresh today!" - I bought to small loaves.
“Bread, baked fresh today!” – I bought two small loaves.
In this get up, he looks like a police constable. But he's a biker in disguise.
In this get up, he looks like a police constable. But he’s a biker in disguise.

So, that was my journey down, and back up, Castle Street. So many different stories, different lives. They see each other here every market day. At about 700 years old, it is one of the oldest in the country, and it thrives to this day. Many of the people who have stalls are probably following in the footsteps of generations of their families, from town to city to village market, each on a different day of the week, as they have been for hundreds of years.

One of these days, I’ll have to get there earlier … before they start packing up for the day!

 

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