A virtual Christmas market group has been launched to help traders get through the pandemic.

Created by Marlow resident Anna Morant, who also co-created the Marlow Life Facebook page, the group will allow market traders in the Marlow and surrounding areas to sell their products.

This is to help small, independent businesses boom during the current crisis and in the anticipation of another lockdown, traders will more than likely not be able to sell their goods on the streets.

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Anna said: “This is a virtual Christmas market for small, independent businesses and crafters from Bucks to advertise their Christmas wares.”

The Facebook page was created on October 4 and within a day, it managed to accumulate 235 members with this number expected to rise.

However, Anna explicitly stated that the page is to help local businesses and not brands.

She continued: “As a result of a high number of franchise type businesses already trying to advertise, we would like to reiterate that this is for independent businesses and crafters to advertise.

“We will not be approving posts for Usbourne Books, Younique make up, Avon, Scensty etc.

“These are branded chains and are not independent.”

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If you would like to join the group, go to www.facebook.com/groups/820050898755432 or search for the Marlow Life Virtual Christmas Market on Facebook.