EASTBOURNE’S new weekly market set up stall in Terminus Road this week.
The sea end of the town’s largest shopping street is being transformed into a bustling market each Wednesday morning – and Eastbourne mayor Mike Thompson cut the ribbon for the inaugural event on August 2.
Attending the launch event were Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, Eastbourne Borough Council leader David Tutt and Tim Tradewell, chair of the Eastbourne Independent Traders.
It will initially operate on the stretch of Terminus Road from the seafront to TJ Hughes with about 30 stalls.
Residents and holidaymakers snapped up goods including pies, cakes, homeware, crafts, flowers and children’s toys.
Councillor David Tutt, leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “Everyone at the council has worked incredibly hard in partnership with the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and the Eastbourne Independent Traders Association.
“Without their determination and commitment this superb street market would not have been possible.
“The funding the council and EDEAL have put into the market is a demonstration of our faith in this project.
“The market is a positive step by the local community, working together, designed to attract more people to our town centre to help support the local economy in these challenging times and I urge residents and visitors to support it by coming every week to buy the superb products on offer.
“With the right support we are confident the market will grow and flourish to become a thriving and vibrant weekly event for years to come.”
Mr Lloyd said he hoped ‘as many local residents as possible’ will support the new venture and said it was a ‘great opportunity to really show that we care about our town’s future’.
Mr Tradewell added, “I am delighted that the dream of a new quality street market in Eastbourne town centre is a reality.”