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Exclusive: Christians fruit stall to return

Owner tells Confidential readers: 'Thank you. You gave us confidence when we had none'

Published on October 4th 2010.

Exclusive: Christians fruit stall to return

GOOD news: Christians Fruit Stall is set to reopen in just over three weeks time.

Better news: It's going to be housed in a smart four metre by seven metre stall, back on its old pitch in Bold Street.

Don't know about you, but we haven't had a passion fruit in months.

Liverpool Confidential highlighted the plight of the Christians family who were unceremoniously evicted by council officials from the pitch in Ropewalks Square, back in April, after their corrugated stall was demolished a few weeks earlier. Click here for the full ins and outs.

It left Bold Street traders angry: footfall to the top of the street slumped, they said, leaving business down. And thousands of canny customers and dozens of cafes and restaurants were left fed up after one of the only places left in Liverpool city centre where you could buy cheap, fresh, fruit and veg vanished overnight. No joke for those with kids to feed or those who couldn't afford the new Tesco Express opposite.

But, with a timely change of colours in the Town Hall, it appears some common sense has prevailed.

Councillors reacted to the furore by putting forward proposals, earlier this summer, to change the designation of Ropewalks Square into a “consent street” to allow street trading, a plan which then went out in advertising to allow for public consultation and objections.

That done, the Bold Street Produce Market, which traded for almost two decades on the site, will reopen on October 25. All nice and legal.

Sara Newton from the Bold Street bookshop News From Nowhere, led a campaign to see the stall reinstated. She said: “We have really missed them, Bold Street hasn't been the same since they went, the whole summer has been really quiet.

“We will make sure that we organise something to make their first day back special. It's brilliant news.”

Toni Collins, whose father, John, was left devastated when his greengrocery business was evicted from the square in what can perhaps be described as a “planning mix-up”, was today jubilant: “Me and my dad are utterly delighted. I went to a meeting last week and they said we could go back from October 25.

“After the story was on your site, things suddenly began to change. We had no idea people cared so much.”

And her dad indeed had a message for Liverpool Confidential and its readers: “Thank you for all your backing. We could not have got the stall back if it were not for you.

“You gave us confidence when we had none.”

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14 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousSeptember 29th 2010.

Excellent news. I had almost forgotten what a banana looks like

Phil McCrackenSeptember 29th 2010.

Brilliant news and well done Liverpool Confidential! I have been gagging for a kumquat for months

AnonymousSeptember 29th 2010.

I think I'm going to cry at that last quote. Great news all x

NiciTuesdaySeptember 29th 2010.

This is brilliant news, I can't wait to see the Christian family back in their rightful place. Good on all you lovely Liverpudlians who spoke up in support. Collectively, we can make a change.

PoetSeptember 29th 2010.

thank goodness a piece of Liverpool; that prevents it from turning into a homogenous, dull place to shop, has been saved! Bold Street is such a fabulous, vibrant, individual area of Liverpool and it's great to see this part of it back!

Mark Garner, The PublisherSeptember 29th 2010.

'For evil to succeed, all it takes is that good men do nothing'. Well done everyone, making a stand against bullies always works in the end. Good look and prosperity to the Collins family.

JBSeptember 29th 2010.

Hurrah! I am so pleased - we have really missed them and I have really missed being able to get good, fresh produce without trolling to the nearest homogenised supermarket.
Well done all involved and here's to a healthy future with our favorite fruits....

PaulaSeptember 29th 2010.

Great news. Congrats.

Juicy plumsSeptember 29th 2010.

This is also very heartening to see the new council leadership acting swiftly, even though the red tape has slowed things down. yes, of course, it's good PR, but not bothered. Be delighted to see the Collins/Christians family back

AnonymousSeptember 29th 2010.

That's a lovely story. Great stuff!

Leon KaySeptember 29th 2010.

Well I'll be blowed my little kumquats at last the sons and daughters of satan at the council of Liverpool has at last some common OR DOES IT???? not!!!!GOOD JOB FOR ALL THE support from the people now about this CONDEM LOT I say EVERYBODY OUTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!

AVIDPAULSeptember 30th 2010.

Great news! Just allow people some room to be industrious! Planning rules,health and safety, rates too high...
This area is going to be a 'village' isn't it? or was that last week.This is a victory for common sense.

AnonymousOctober 20th 2010.

Oh.. Christian is the family name. I was wondering what christian fruit was. I could only think of apple.

The Rev. Kenneth BartlettOctober 20th 2010.

Christian fruit, eh? Well let´s see:

King Herod was an ugli customer.

Pontius Pilate didn´t give a fig.

The famous Passion fruit of Christ

Suffer little children to kumquat unto me.

Moses bringing the jujubes to the land of Canaan.

Arthur in ‘On the Buses´ attempting the Mount of Olive.

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