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Queen's Market, Upton Park 5:12
Time, date and weather: 12.45 pm, Saturday 30th September 2017. Mostly overcast, 16°C, wind 11 mph.
Description: Starting by the stalls on Green Street outside the market building. Traffic on Green Street; voices of shoppers; a trader at a fish stall raises his cry; noise of fishmongers' electric saws; a radio plays at a stall; meat is chopped at a butchers' stall; a large trolley clatters across the concrete floor; rustle of carrier bags; thumps of vegetable crates being shifted at the western end of the market building; a young child's voice; a radio plays at another stall; traffic on Green Street.
Comments: Queen's Market is mainly housed inside a purpose-built hall with a car park on top. Despite it being covered, the market is included in Street Life 2017 for two reasons. First, in atmosphere and appearance it's more like a wholesale market than a spick-and-span shopping centre. Second, its continued existence is largely down to the efforts of local campaigners who successfully resisted Newham Council's plans to redevelop the market into a smaller site surrounded by shops and the inevitable 'luxury flats'. The campaign group, Friends of Queen's Market, is still active and has its own website.