London, Aug 18: Market traders at the 800-year-old daily market in Hexham, Northumberland, have been ordered to shout "quietly" by Tynedale council, to avoid disturbing nearby office workers.
The traders have been asked to keep their volume down, as their yelling often gives headaches to nearby office workers.
The council has ruled that the traders can only shout on Tuesdays and Saturdays, only if they do it quietly.
"We couldn't believe it at first. It felt as though we were being wound up. The town has had a market here for centuries," British tabloid The Sun quoted a trader at the market as saying.
"It says everything that in this day and age even shouting from the market is seen as some kind of health hazard," the trader added.
Martin Foster, 29, who sells fruit and veg on the market, said: "We pay nearly 1,000 pounds rent to have a stall here and if we can't attract customers - particularly in the winter - I'm worried that the stall might not survive.
"It's ridiculous. Hexham is supposed to be a market town," he added.