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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth, appropriately wearing a floral dress, today (26 June) officially opened London's new Convent Garden -- the city's traditional fruit, vegetable and flower market.

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth, appropriately wearing a floral dress, today (26 June) officially opened London's new Convent Garden -- the city's traditional fruit, vegetable and flower market.

    But though the traditional name remains, the site is new. The market has been moved to a new locality south of the River Thames at Nine Elms.

    Unlike the cramped and congested old quarters in central London, the GBP40 million pound new market provides ample space. Fruit and vegetables will be marketed in a new twin-block building, providing plenty of storage space and a controlled temperature. Outside, there's parking room for 2,000 lorries and 1,000 cars.

    A few hundred yards away, the huge flower market is housed in an air conditioned hangar-like building.

    But there's still a good deal of nostalgia surrounding the ??? Convent Garden site, centred on the famous opera house. The site is one of the most expensive in the world--96 acres worth GBP5 million pounds an acre - and London's authorities had intended it to be used for property development.

    After fierce opposition by the small local community, a compromise has been reached. Only a few acres is being redeveloped. Old market buildings are being restored and will form the centrepiece of a pedestrian precinct.

    Local people have already managed to pump some life back into empty buildings. The former potato market is being used as a sports centre. One derelict building site has been turned into an attractive--but temporary--Japanese water garden. Housing will eventually be built on the spot.

    And while new shops are being opened up in some of the abandoned produce stalls, new crafts are also being introduced--like the Glass House, where a group of young glass blowers have set up business.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA59772ZHEIZER7BIAZN3GAW5UM
    Media URN:
    VLVA59772ZHEIZER7BIAZN3GAW5UM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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