TRADERS ordered out of a Kidderminster shopping centre have been given two weeks longer after a florist pleaded to the managing agents to allow her to stay until Mother's Day.

Rebecca Todd, of Becky's Florist in the Rowland Hill Centre was featured in last week's Shuttle/Times & News saying that trade had been "poor all year" and she was leaving at the only time she "might make some money".

Since then, the date the stallholders have to leave has been extended from last Saturday until Saturday, March 5.

Mrs Todd, who collected 213 names on a petition requesting they be allowed to stay until Easter, which she posted to managing agents, Jones Lang LaSalle, last Tuesday, said she and other stallholders were hoping someone would come forward and offer them another base in Kidderminster.

She added none of them, except net curtain seller, Barbara Panting, who is due to join her husband on Bromsgrove Market, had found alternative outlets.

"Basically, I'm here working six days a week so I haven't had a chance to look," she said.

She added: "I was over the moon with the extra time because it's the best time of the year for me so I'm just pleased that I've got that extra time. I won't be letting any of my customers down because they've been very loyal to me."

Steve Hadfield, associate director of Jones Lang LaSalle, confirmed the stallholders had been allowed to stay until Mother's Day. He declined to comment further, saying details of the planned refurbishment were still yet to be made public.