THE struggling Hucknall ‘flea market’ is set for a summer relaunch.
Support for the once-thriving Thursday attraction, which is now known as the bargain market, has steadily declined over the last few years. Only two stalls were occupied last week.
At a meeting of Hucknall Partnership Group, members were at a loss to explain the reason why the market has gone downhill.
Just a few years ago, the town centre was thronged for what was then known as the flea market, with visitors from as far afield as Mansfield, Chesterfield and Sheffield.
The view was expressed at the meeting that in the current economic downturn, there would surely be no shortage of people wanting to take advantage of bargain offers.
The relaunch event will take place on Hucknall Market Place next Thursday (July 5) from 5 pm to 8 pm, having set up from 2 pm.
Stalls are still available for the sale of second-hand goods, antiques and collectables, so people are recommended to clear their loft or garage and turn unwanted goods into cash.
“Families can enjoy a fun evening with rides and activities and refreshments will be available,” said a council spokesman. “Charities and community groups are welcome to come along and raise some funds for their causes from free stalls.”
Ashfield Council’s deputy leader, Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, said: “We are looking at all angles in our attempts to revitalise the bargain market.”
He hoped the adjoining Hucknall Parish Church would be open on the evening of the re-launch to provide a cup of tea and home-made cakes. “The church can play a vital part in the success of the event,” said Coun Wilmott. “It can also boost the market on a regular basis if it is open on Thursday evenings to provide refreshments.”
He pointed out that the council was currently carrying out a full review of all its markets, including Hucknall’s Friday market, and looking into ways they could be improved.
“Hucknall is described in guide books as a market town and I think it very important that this tradition is maintained,” said Coun Wilmott.
To book a stall (at reduced rates) for the re-launch night, you are asked to contact the council’s market office on 01623 551385. Spaces for a car boot sale, which is also held on the Market Place on Thursday nights, are also available.
The council spokesman stressed that booking was essential and he added that parking was available nearby.
n OUR PHOTO shows the Friday market, which is also in need of fresh impetus to combat the rise of Internet shopping