Some stories have a habit of coming around time and time again and in 1990 the future of Glossop’s markets were allegedly in doubt.
Making the claim was Glossop Traders’ Association president Alf Smith, who was so concerned he devoted half his organisation’s annual meeting to discuss it.
The cause of the concern centred around rumours that High Peak Borough Council was planning to sell Glossop Town Hall to save cash.
The rumours started to circulate after the council said it was looking at centralising its offices and the District Auditor recommended it should go ahead.
Alf reckoned selling the town hall and municipal buildings complex would happen, but the future of the indoor market in particular was ‘in question’.
In an interview with the Chronicle, he said: “We are recommending that the indoor market traders get themselves a franchise for the market to protect themselves.”
Alf, who owned a television shop in the town centre, was also the leader of Glossop Arts and Leisure Association, even claimed the council did not own the town hall.
He said: “It was given to the people of Glossop
“The council is entrusted with it.”
The Chronicle contacted the council with the sale rumours and was told by housing and planning director Peter Harrison: “No one is even considering the sale of the municipal buildings.”