Revived market a 'big thing' for Colyton

PUBLISHED: 11:57 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 15 June 2010

THE next Colyton Market will take place on Tuesday, October 7 marking 800 years since the parish got its first charter.

THE next Colyton Market will take place on Tuesday, October 7 - marking 800 years since the parish got its first charter.Colyton enjoys three royal market charters granted over the centuries by King John, Edward III and Henry VIII, with the former paving the way in 1208.Organisers believe restoring the tradition helps support the local economy, encourage a more sustainable shopping culture and promote local goods.One of the organisers, Frances McCarthy, said: "I think marking 800 years is quite a poignant thing, especially with all the green issues at the moment. The fact that the market is almost to the date of the first charter is great - and it's fantastic that we can embrace 800 years of trade. "It's a big thing that a market town has had its market reinstated. Keeping the trade in town encourages people to buy locally and not to travel."She said she wanted to thank the Fayres group, who recently donated £1,000 to the market.Parishioners are invited to sell their produce - no matter how small the quantity.Jan Williams, of the Town Mill Bakery, is now selling bread at the local Spar as a result, and Carolyn Bellinger, of Fine Country Lifestyle, said the market had helped her business.She said: "The markets have helped increase local awareness for us, which is really important. We want to work within a very small radius of our business to help reduce the carbon footprint. "People have been fantastic in their support and the whole town turns out to the market - it has great interest. "And I've had people telephone orders because of it. "I would whole-heartedly recom-mend it.

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