SLIDESHOW: Thousands visit Le Marche market at Heathfield

COMPLIMENTS flowed in to organisers of Heathfield’s 16th Le Marche Anglo French market which attracted thousands of visitors to the town on Bank Holiday Monday.

Committee chairman Mike Woodhouse said: “There were even more people than ever before. It was a fantastic day and the weather was kind to us. The mix of English and French market traders is working better than ever. This was my last Le Marche and I am handing the reins over to Broad Oak resident Richard Ridley next year. It will be nice to go along, enjoy the music, sun and shopping next year.!”

Mike was proud of headline music act The Sway All Stairs orchestra, Richard Branson’s favourite band which has two Heathfield instrumentalists.

East Sussex County Councillor Rupert Simmons praised Mike and his working committee. He said: “This continuing success only comes about with an extraordinary amount of preparation and Mike, who now completes his four year stint as chairman, has shown wonderful leadership in bringing together all the component contributory parts to this well organised machine.

“My compliments to Gill Temple and the Twinning Association who provide all the hospitality for all the visiting traders from Forges les Eaux and Dieppe. I noted even more Heathfield businesses open for the festival and I sincerely hope that they enjoyed a rewarding return and will now see these new customers on a regular basis.

“This has become a wonderful festival with such a spirit of goodwill and many joyous musicians and entertainers to create a great atmosphere. I met with many people who had travelled a great deal to attend and that drawing power is a great advertisement for Heathfield and all that it can provide. A word of gratitude to the Heathfield Fire Service who put on a marvelous display and also the Kings Church and Union Church who opened their doors to everybody which was kindness itself.”