Le March market celebrates 15th anniversary in Heathfield

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HEATHFIELD’S fabulous Le Marche – the 80-stall strong Anglo French market – celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

Le Marche 2011 – the longest-running one of its type in the South East – takes place this year on August 29.

The idea is to promote the town of Heathfield by inviting visitors from across the UK to enjoy the day but also find out what Heathfield has to offer year round.

All the old favourites will be there plus a few exciting newcomers.

Traders from Normandy and the Sussex countryside display their produce including fruit and vegetables, bread and patisserie, hot dishes such as pancakes and paella, dairy, meat, fashion accessories, arts, crafts and jewellery while the town bursts into life with live music, entertainers, skateboard displays, bands, strolling players and magic.

Heathfield firefighters will hold their open day at the Fire Station and invite youngsters for rides on the vintage fire engine.

Lots of High Street traders go the whole hog in Frenchifying their shops with red, white and blue displays, food, antiques, furnishings, paintings and books galore.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice is organising the street collection on the day.

Organiser Mike Woodhouse told the Express although the aim of Le Marche has never been to make money last year’s event made a small profit of just under £2,000 which was distributed to Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Heathfield and Waldron Rotary Club, Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club and the Heathfield Farmers’ Market.

Over the years donations of more than £20,000 have been made to local groups, clubs and good causes.

Michael said the committee is in urgent need of new volunteers to help organise the day. To find out more contact him on: 0770 353 0111 or email: michael.woodhouse6@btopenworld.com or check details on the recently updated: www.heathfieldlemarche.co.uk

Le Marche assumes even more importance in the life of the town as sadly the newly- revived Heathfield Carnival will not be taking place this year. Organisers say this is due to not enough people coming forward to help out, particularly in manning necessary road closures.