Slideshow: Anglo-French market in Heathfield basks in beautiful weather

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Heathfield’s Bank Holiday Monday Anglo-French market - Le Marche - was so successful, several of the 90 stallholders sold out of food and drink.

Committee chair Richard Ridley said: “It was amazing. It was beautiful weather and thousands of people came.

“At one point I almost thought there were too many people, but everyone was very happy and there was a wonderful atmosphere.

“More shops than ever stayed open. I’ve been round them all and everyone said they’d done well.”

Heathfield families were joined by an influx from across Sussex.

A free park and ride eased traffic congestion while Station Road and Station Approach were closed to vehicles for the day.

Heathfield firecrews staged rescue and firefighting demonstrations and invited youngsters to try the controls of a fire engine.

Conjurers and jugglers drew crowds of admirers and music was provided by bands including The Sussex Stompers and Heathfield Silver Band based both in the High Street and on a specially built stand in Station Road.

Twin town Forges-les-Eaux fielded stallholders and there were the usual Normandy-produced gourmet delights on sale including croissants and baked goods, sausages and cold meats, fresh fruit including peaches and nectarines, vegetables and smoked garlic as well as soaps, oils, linens, fashion accessories and those famous blue and white enamelled house signs.

From Sussex, cheesemakers, honey producers, a wine merchant, photographer, Scout group, jewellery designers, painters and preserves sellers more than held their own against their Gallic counterparts.

More High Street shops than before threw open their doors and all festooned display windows with the Tricolour.

Town twinning chair Gill Temple said: “It’s been the most fantastic day - this surely must be a major highlight of the year for Heathfield.”