A new regular street market selling locally produced items and unique gifts is to re-open next Saturday [January 18] following a one-month break over the festive period.
Around 30 stalls will be selling a range of local quality produce in Vicarage Field from 9.30am to 3pm every Saturday except the Farmers’ market Saturday (which is the 2nd of the month) when it will fall on the Thursday.
Items on sale include fresh fruit and vegetables, pies and pasties, pet food and pet supplies, gifts, crafts and jewellery, cards, DVDs, vintage signs, clothing, plants and flowers, beauty products, gifts, vinegars and oils, preserves, tea, coffee and smoked fish.
A number of local producers operating at the new market already sell goods in other local markets such as the Hailsham Farmers’ Market which takes place on a monthly basis.
The introduction of the Hailsham Street Market last year is just one of a number of projects being carried out by Hailsham Forward (Town Team) in partnership with the Town Council and local Chamber of Commerce aimed at improving retail opportunities locally and increasing footfall within the town.
“I’m happy that the street market is continuing throughout 2014 in the heart of the town,” said Deputy Town Clerk and Business Enterprise Manager Mickey Caira.
“There has been a lot of enthusiasm from Hailsham Forward, the Town Council and project partners to make it the success it was last year since its launch in August and we are confident that the market will attract even more customers locally and from neighbouring towns and villages this year.”
Market trader Joan Russell, who set up pitch at the market since its opening selling homemade chutneys is delighted to be part of the market’s success. She said: “We would like to express our thanks and appreciation for all that has been done to make the Hailsham Street Market such a success in 2013. Thanks to the Town Council and the Hailsham Forward team for arranging the market and providing such strong gazebos. The market looks very attractive in the centre of town. Most of all we would like to thank the customers of Hailsham who attend in all weather to support us and we’re looking forward to seeing our regular customers and hopefully new ones in 2014.”
Hailsham Forward chairman Paul Soane said, “By supporting local producers, growers, suppliers and offering them the opportunity to sell locally – markets are an ideal way of showcasing the diverse range of products available in Hailsham and I’d encourage people to come down to Vicarage Field and support independent trade.”
“What it does offer is much more in the way of variety to the town centre retail environment – we want to create a buzz.”