Tamworth social media star Spud Man delivers 'really bad news' to his 3.5m TikTok fans

Social media sensation Spud Man says he is being "kicked off" his popular pitch in Tamworth town centre for council works. The jacket potato seller has been doing a roaring trade of late with people from all over the country and beyond visiting his St Editha's square stall, which almost shut down the town when he hosted a free day recently.

But due to works to refurbish and improve the square, he has having to move later this year - although he does not know where too yet. The council said it was only temporary and it was in discussions to find a solution for all parties.

Ben Newman, aka Spud Man, broke the news in a video on his TikTok channel, captioned "Can’t believe I’m getting kicked off" with a crying emoji.

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Tamworth's Spudman with Tom Walker
Tamworth's Spudman with Tom Walker -Credit:Alice Bckham

He told his 3.5 million followers: "Spud fans, I have really bad news. We are getting kicked off our pitch by the council.

"I love this spot by the church on the square. Absolutely beautiful. And we are getting kicked off. We knew it was coming because they are redeveloping all the square. We didn’t realise it was going to happen this soon.

"Where are we going to go and what are we going to do? I don’t know just yet. And it’s not just me. It’s the whole square: butcher, bread lady, are all getting moved so they can rip this all up and repave it.

"So it will be better in the long run and we will be coming back but what do we do in the meantime? The only option they have given to me so far is putting us down on the main high street. A few traders and putting me there with our queue is probably not the greatest idea because I will probably upset most of the other traders.

"I had originally hoped they were going to do it half and half but apparently they are not, they want to do the whole thing in one go."

The queue in Tamworth for Spudman
The queue in Tamworth for Spudman -Credit:Kirsty Bosley

Stephen Gabriel, chief executive of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “Later this year, all market traders currently using St Editha’s Square are being temporarily moved to other parts of the town while we refurbish and improve the square. Discussions are happening now so traders can be prepared and communicate with their regular customers.

“This work is part of our town centre regeneration programme, where St Editha’s Square will be made more accessible for all. Work also includes improvements in lighting and areas for people to sit.

“All moves are temporary, and we are working with our local market provider to find everyone suitable space elsewhere in Tamworth town centre and market. Throughout the work, Tamworth town centre and market remain ready to welcome visitors for shopping, leisure and socialising. We thank all visitors and businesses for their patience.”