Successful street market in Hailsham returns

Hailsham Street Market
Hailsham Street Market

Hailsham Street Market has returned to the town after a successful year - and organisers say it will continue throughout 2014.

The market, which sells locally produced items and unique gifts, is to open again today (Saturday January 18) after a one month break over the festive period.

Around 30 stalls will be selling a range of quality produce in Vicarage Field from 9.30am to 3pm every Saturday except the Farmers’ Market Saturday (which is the 2nd of the month) when it will fall on the Thursday.

Items on sale include fresh fruit and vegetables, pies and pasties, pet food and pet supplies, gifts, crafts and jewellery, cards, DVDs, vintage signs, clothing, plants and flowers, beauty products, gifts, vinegars and oils, preserves, tea, coffee and smoked fish.

The introduction of the Hailsham Street Market last year was one of a number of projects being carried out by Hailsham Forward Town Team in partnership with the town council and local Chamber of Commerce to improve retail opportunities locally and increasing footfall within the town.

Deputy Town Clerk and Business Enterprise Manager, Mickey Caira, said: “I’m happy that the street market is continuing throughout 2014 in the heart of the town.

“There has been a lot of enthusiasm from Hailsham Forward, the town council and project partners to make it the success it was last year since its launch in August and we are confident that the market will attract even more customers locally and from neighbouring towns and villages this year.”

Market trader Joan Russell, who set up pitch at the market since its opening selling homemade chutneys, is delighted to be part of the market’s success.

She said: “We would like to express our thanks and appreciation for all that has been done to make the Hailsham Street Market such a success in 2013.

“Thanks to the town council and the Hailsham Forward team for arranging the market and providing such strong gazebos. The market looks very attractive in the centre of town.

“Most of all we thank the customers of Hailsham who attend in all weather to support us.”

Hailsham Forward chairman, Paul Soane, said: “By supporting local producers, growers, suppliers and offering them the opportunity to sell locally - markets are an ideal way of showcasing the diverse range of products available in Hailsham and I’d encourage people to come down and support independent trade.”