'Dunkirk Spirit' at Colyton market

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 15 June 2010

WET and windy weather did not stop Colyton residents and stall holders alike from attending the quarterly market. Organisers said villagers showed the Dunkirk Spirit as they battled against the stormy weather and helped to hold down the stalls. One of

WET and windy weather did not stop Colyton residents and stall holders alike from attending the quarterly market.

Organisers said villagers showed the 'Dunkirk Spirit' as they battled against the stormy weather and helped to hold down the stalls.

One of the organisers, Jackie Roberts Wake, said: "I was impressed with the stoics of people. They had the great Dunkirk spirit and it was typically British when everyone was in it together they helped each other.

"We laughed about it and said 'it's just something you have to put up with in England.' It just shows it doesn't matter what the weather is like, Colyton people believe in the market and welcome it. But hopefully it will be better weather for the December one."

Children from Colyton Primary School and Caterpillars nursery paid a visit and were rewarded with a chocolate coin and cake. The primary school pupils were also given a talk about the concept of the market.

Organiser Frances McCarthy said: "It was quite a nasty start because of the weather but actually turned out to be positive and uplifting.

"The quality of the stores was brilliant and most stayed on. We had a large number of volunteers, and even though everybody was absolutely drenched, they were all smiling. I'd agree it was the Dunkirk spirit.


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