Colyton market success

PUBLISHED: 13:12 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 15 June 2010

COLYTON'S first market in more than a century went down a storm as gale-force winds dropped long enough to get trading under way.

COLYTON'S first market in more than a century went down a storm as gale-force winds dropped long enough to get trading under way.A carnival atmosphere greeted Tuesday's hard-won market re-opening, with 18 stalls and entertainments at the packed event. The ghost of Henry VIII was brought to life as a troupe of Tudor dancers paid tribute to the King, whose medieval charter paved the way for the return of the market.The day proved a triumph for the Colyton Promotions Group, who campaigned since last summer for the right to stage the market in the town square.Group member and Colyton WI president Jacky Roberts-Wake overcame County Council road-closure concerns by sourcing a 1546 charter by Henry VIII permitting Colyton's newly-established 'Feoffeef', or council, to hold a market in perpetuity.The Group's campaign paid off as the roads closed on Tuesday for the first event for 120 years.Mrs Roberts-Wake said: ""This is how life should be in a market town, buying delicious local food in a beautiful setting, being entertained and enjoying the company of friends. "We're so encouraged by the success of our first market, we're all buzzing with ideas for the next one."As the town and local authorities gauge the impact of the event, the market will initially run quarterly, with a view to future expansion.Fro now, the Group can reflect on a fine start to their planned market.Group member Frances McCarthy said: "The atmosphere in Colyton was remarkable. All of us involved in organising this day have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic comments of locals and visitors. This is a red letter day for our town."Parish Council chairman Andrew Parr echoed the sentiments, saying: "We are very pleased the market is up and running. It certainly adds spice to the town, and brings people in. The town had been well-prepared and it was very well supported."The next market will be staged on July 8, where organisers hope to add to the 18 stall holders at Tuesday's event, many of who sold out of produce. A WI craft fair at the Town Hall will again supply a brisk trade in refreshments and fund-raising sales.

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