Barras 'died years ago'

WITH regards to Friday's story on the Barras being showcased for the Games.

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I'm afraid the real Barras died years ago. There are no real bargains to be had, except dodgy cigarettes and DVDs - you take your chance on those.

Many of the stall- holders are as old as the Barras themselves, and just throw back the tarpaulin every week, never changing the tatt.

Blochairn Sunday market has taken over, with a far better buzz about the place. No-one smiles at the Barras any more, it's so depressing.

I only enjoy Bill's Tool Store, an institution worth saving.

The answer? Turn the area into Merchant City East, with a mix of flats and antique shops. Think the lanes in Brighton and leave the Barras to memories.

Iain Muir

Glasgow

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