Beccles Country Market celebrates four decades of trading
PUBLISHED: 17:30 08 June 2018
There was an infectious community feel in the air as a popular weekly market celebrated 40 years of trading.
Today’s edition of Beccles Country Market - held every Friday morning at Quaker Hall - marked four decades since the very first gathering in 1978.
The market offers an extensive selection of the very best in local produce, handicraft and horticulture, while it has also become a welcoming place for friends to socialise on a regular basis.
Newly-appointed Beccles mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw was in attendance at this morning’s market to celebrate the momentous occasion.
Mandy Smith, who has been involved for the past three years and is the current market manager, expressed delight at the market having reached the impressive milestone.
“It’s been a really lovely day,” said Ms Smith. “Some of our traders have been here since the very start, when the event originally began as a Women’s Institute market.
“Unlike regular markets, all the producers are mixed and we don’t have our own separate tables. There’s a real community feel.
“People love homemade products, but they just don’t necessarily have the time to make their own. That’s what keeps people coming back to see us.”
One of those to have been trading at the market since its inception is 71-year-old Jill Pulford, for whom the market has been a staple part of her life.
“This market really is all about the camaraderie,” she said. “Even when a week comes around where there’s not quite so much to sell, it’s still all about the social aspect.
“Over the years you get to know everyone who takes part, although sadly we’ve lost people along the way as well.
“When it’s as busy as it has been for the anniversary, it’s absolutely brilliant. We’d really miss it if the market ever stopped.”