Shopkeepers let fly over afternoon opening at the Temple Street market, which got off to a quiet start yesterday. A three-month pilot scheme will see the market open from noon, instead of the traditional 5pm start. But the first day saw only a few of the 584 stallholders between Kansu and Nanking Streets in Yau Ma Tei set up by 1pm. Customers were few and shopkeepers were angry. Fifteen shop owners signed a petition against the change in hours. A spokesman for Kwong Yip Hardware said: 'Once my customers know they can't park in the street, they won't come to buy.' But Raymond Chan Kam-wing, chairman of the Temple Street Association of Hawkers and Shop Operators, said the new hours would suit tourists: 'They can do the Jade Market, Temple Street and the Ladies' Market all in one trip.' Lau Lui-king, 65, a stall-holder for more than 30 years, was the first to set up at noon. 'It's great that we can start earlier. I would rather work harder for 12 hours a day in order to gain more,' said Ms Lau, who had made between $300 and $600 a night selling clothes.