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Southwark Council reduced the cost of a 9 x 3ft stall to a half-price £25 from November 1 and the offer will last until the end of January.

Joan Bygrave, chairman of the Bermondsey Antiques Market Traders Association, said: ”At present we have between 60 and 70 dealers with a maximum capacity of 200 in the square, with the numbers gradually building up week by week.

“I’m very pleased to see Russians and Italian buyers at the market and now the Americans are coming back,” she added.

“What’s also lovely is that we’re seeing a lot more local residents here who have come back to see how we’re getting on. Most of the buildings in the Square are now finished although not yet fitted out, but I’m so much more optimistic now about the future of the market than I have ever been.“

Anyone interested in telephone 01732 840220.

By Joan Porter