Praise for ‘Flea Market’ relaunch

BRISK TRADE -- customers enjoy a bumper selection of stalls at the 'Flea' Market -- DISPIC NHUD12-1772-1

BRISK TRADE -- customers enjoy a bumper selection of stalls at the 'Flea' Market -- DISPIC NHUD12-1772-1

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A SUMMER relaunch by Ashfield District Council of Hucknall’s ‘Flea Market’ proved a boon for bargain hunters.

More than 30 stalls were occupied and 26 of them were re-booked for the next one last night (Thursday).

It’s a stark contrast to recent weeks when as few as two stalls have been occupied.

“The success of the relaunch exceeded all expectations,” said Coun John Wilmott, of Hucknall, who is deputy leader of Ashfield Council. “Even the onset of rain two hours after the start of the event did not dampen spirits.”

Coun Wilmott officially marked the relaunch by ringing a bell like a town crier. The public were not allowed on to the market until 5 pm so nobody could find star buys ahead of other customers.

Hucknall Parish Church responded to a request made by Coun Wilmott to open for the event and did a roaring trade in refreshments.

Stalls to sell second-hand goods, antiques and collectables were offered at reduced rates for charities and community groups to attend and raise funds for their causes.

There was an excellent response to an appeal by the council for people to clear lofts and garages and turn unwanted goods into cash.

“It was all very encouraging,” said Coun Wilmott. “A hot-dog vendor who regularly attends the market said he did his best trade for a long time. I also heard quite a lot of comments from people who said they were delighted to see that the market was being revitalised after struggling for a long time.”

To keep children happy, a fairground operator brought a ride as well as his own food caravan.

“It is important to maintain Hucknall’s traditional image as a market town,” said Coun Wilmott.