Mold market open for business again after crash horror

Published date: 12 December 2013 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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MOLD market was open for business yesterday, baring the psychological scars of last Saturday’s car crash.

A steady flow of customers visited the town but some traders said they noticed a small decline in numbers following the drama when a car crashed through stalls injuring eight people.

Mold town centre manager Dave Hill said, however, the fall was typical of the time of year and he believed the crash would not have a lasting impact on the market or
the town.

Trader Bryan Penny, whose stall was the first to be hit by the car, said the frightening episode still remained in the back of his mind.

Mr Penny, 60, who has worked on Mold market for 27 years, added: “It is quiet today but I’m not sure why. It is not quite the same.”

He said: “It is in the back of my mind every time a car revs up. Now you think something is coming your way.”

Mr Penny said his ornamental dragon took a “big impact” from the car and the noise it made helped alert others to the crash.

His son Jack, 18, who was also on the stall on Saturday, described his horror as the car came towards him.

“It was a bit of a shock. You don’t expect to see a car coming at you at that speed,” he said.

Another trader, Colin Matthews, said he can “still hear the sound of mangled metal and screaming” following the crash.

He said: “It is in the back of my mind, but it is a one off.

“I have been here six-and-a-half years and it’s the first time anything has happened like this.”

He said he hadn’t notice much of a change with the number of visitors to the market but said Saturday had been worse as they lost out on nearly three hours of trade.

Matty Scott, the heroic trader who grabbed a four-year-old boy and pulled him out of harm’s way as the car ploughed into the market throng, was back on his stall yesterday.

Matty, 24, has been praised by the parents of the boy, Alfie Gittins. They say his action saved their son’s life.

Mr Hill insisted: “Mold is still a safe place and has one of the biggest and best markets in North Wales.”

He added: “I don’t think it has had an impact on the market or the town.

“Whilst our heart goes out to those who were injured, we have got to appreciate nothing like this has happened in years.”

Mr Hill said he had also spoken with officers from Flintshire Council who, he said, would be taking a fresh look at the safety measures in place in the town on market days.

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