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Traders put Roman Christmas on ice'

PUBLISHED: 14:32 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 05 October 2010

TRADERS plan to put their Roman Christmas' on ice in London's East End on Saturday. There's no fear of the credit crunch freezing over business down Roman Road Market—quite the reverse. They are putting in a temporary ice-rink in the playground of Old Ford Primary school in St Stephen's-rd, just off the Roman Road, to attract punters down for a festive day of seasonal shopping

TRADERS plan to put their Roman Christmas’ on ice in London’s East End on Saturday (Dec-6).

There’s no fear of the credit crunch freezing over business down Roman Road Market—quite the reverse.

They are putting in a temporary ice-rink in the playground of Old Ford Primary school in St Stephen’s Road, just off Roman Road, to attract punters down for a festive day of seasonal shopping.

A drop and shop’ crèche is even being set up at the school for mums with toddlers.

Mince pies and mulled wine are being served at St Paul’s Church close by, while carol singers perform outside the Bow Idea Store library centre in Roman Road.

The promotion is a bid to turn the market’s fortunes round after traders complained that Tower Hamlets council had been driving shoppers away with parking and other restrictions along the half-mile thoroughfare over the past two years.

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