Rebels win cause

PUBLISHED: 12:46 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 20 April 2010

RESIDENTS in Colyton have demonstrated their rebellious spirit once again and pressured authorities into reinstating a regular country market. Last year Devon County Council told residents of 'the most rebellious town in Devon' that a market could not be

RESIDENTS in Colyton have demonstrated their rebellious spirit once again and pressured authorities into reinstating a regular country market. Last year Devon County Council told residents of 'the most rebellious town in Devon' that a market could not be held in the town's Market Place - due to complications the ensuing road closures would cause. But Colytonians do not give in easily! And, headed by president of the Colyton Women's Institute Jacky Roberts-Wake, a group of supporters began campaigning to overcome council objections and ensure local support for the market. A door-to-door survey around the town showed 100 per cent solidarity for the market, but it was the incredible discovery of an historical charter, issued by Henry VIII and proclaiming Colyton's right to hold a market in perpetuity, that galvanised public support, hit the national headlines and encouraged DCC to review its position. Colyton Promotions Group, the charitable body behind Colyton Country Market, was delighted to receive confirmation this week that Devon County Council has approved the application for road closures, enabling the re-launch of a regular country market in Colyton's Market Place. "We're thrilled we finally have the go-ahead for our market," said Jacky Roberts-Wake. "We have shown Colyton's rebel spirit remains strong. "This is a great milestone for all of us who are passionate about local food, reducing our food miles and boosting Colyton's economy. Given time, I believe this market will become an important part of the fabric of local life. "We expect to have space for between 20 and 30 stallholders," said Frances McCarthy of Colyton Promotions Group. "We've already had commitment from an impressive range of local producers, but we're keen to hear from anyone else who'd like to be part of this exciting market re-launch. "We have no doubt it will be well supported by our local community." If anyone would like to help with the promotion or organisation of the market, local volunteers are being sought and should contact The Bakehouse B and B in Colyton. The first market will be on Tuesday, March 11, from 9am to 1pm, with others scheduled for July 8, October 7, and December 2.

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