Truro Big Issue vendors got a boost today when they were visited by local celebrity and town crier Lionel Knight.
Knight is a popular figure in the Cornish town and vendors were glad to have his support.
Nick Cuthbert, who sells the magazine outside Marks and Spencer at Lemon Quay in Truro, said: “Having the town crier on my pitch is great to promote The Big Issue and hopefully increase sales.”
Cuthbert added that the backing is particularly appreciated at a time when vendors have seen decreased footfall on their pitches.
“At the moment we are relying on the tourists,” he said. “70 to 80 per cent of regular customers we see are still self-isolating. I am dreading winter, if it carries on like this and everyone keeps self-isolating. It’s hard enough as it is, and it will be even harder this winter I think.”
Town crier Lionel Knight gave Big Issue vendors a boost from his (considerable) voice in Truro today.
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