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Fruit and veg trader told his patter is ‘too loud’ for market

Stalled: Wayne Bellows at his fruit and vegetable stand at Lymington town market in the New Forest PICTURE: SOLENT NEWS

A MARKET trader called Wayne Bellows has been told to pipe down after complaints about the noise he makes.

Mr Bellows uses traditional patter to attract trade at the New Forest market in Hampshire. But now the fourth- generation fruit and veg stallholder says town council officials have slapped him with a gagging order. ‘The whole thing is absolutely ridiculous — not to mention ironic because of my name,’ said the 53-year-old (pictured with noise meter).

‘There has been a market in Lymington for 800 years. I have been doing this since I was a kid, and I never had any complaints. The council told me to stop shouting in the morning and only do it in the afternoon. Then they called again to say I was still too loud. They more or less said they didn’t want me to shout at all.’

Mr Bellows said his patter is part of the ‘great atmosphere’. ‘All I say is the usual things like “strawberries for a pound”,’ he said, ‘and I’m not the only one who shouts.’

Lymington and Pennington mayor Barry Dunning said: ‘We only asked him to tone it down a little. Calling out is part of the market, and to me it wasn’t a problem. But we had a noise nuisance complaint and we have to follow that up.’