New market pulls in the crowds to Newhaven High Street

Newhaven's new market in the High Street
Newhaven's new market in the High Street
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A vibrant market featuring 22 stalls with products from kangaroo burgers to flowers was officially opened in Newhaven High Street on Saturday.

The market was funded with money secured from the Mary Portas scheme to revive flagging high streets.

Organisers Newhaven Chamber of Commerce said the market meant the High Street was the thriving hub of community for the first time in ages.

Market manager Gillian Smith said: “People power has made today possible.

“It was only four weeks ago that Newhaven Chamber finally received the £10,000 Portas money.

“We quickly put it to use and this is the result.

“I’m very pleased with the turn out and proud of the residents and traders alike for supporting this initiative.

“My task now is to keep it going and make every week exciting and different.”

Many hundreds of visitors turned out in force to support the new market.

And it was a sunny day for the launch event on Saturday August 10.

President of the Chamber Annie Lorys said she was delighted with the market and hoped the public would support every market day in future.

Other goods on sale included pretzels, paella and tapas, as well as local art and crafts, fruit and veg.

It is hoped the market will help attract more people to the town centre and help revive the High Street, which has suffered from low numbers of shoppers and empty shop units during the recession.

There was also entertainment from Studio Tempo’s line dancers.

The High Street market will then run every Thursday and Saturday from 9am-2pm.

To find out about having a stall call the Chamber Office on 01273 517544 or email on