Hundreds flock to the latest Shepton Mallet Sunday Market
20 March 2017
Hundreds of people descended on Shepton Mallet at the weekend to support local traders and sample the atmosphere at the town's new Sunday market.
This was the second Sunday market in Shepton Mallet and follows the huge success of the first market, which was held in November last year. It will continue to run on the third Sunday of every month, including Easter Sunday, for the next 12 months.
The new market has been spearheaded by local trader Helen Reader with support from Mendip District Council, the market organisers, and Shepton Mallet Town Council.
The market saw artisan traders selling a wide range of produce, crafts and gifts and shoppers also had the opportunity to have a drink and a bite to eat while enjoying the atmosphere and music.
Donna Nolan, Deputy Chief Executive at Mendip District Council, said: "I'm delighted that the new Sunday market has proved such a success again.
"Shepton Mallet town centre was packed with shoppers and the market has shown it can not only bring economic benefits to the town but help create a very positive community spirit too.
"I'd like to thank Helen Reader and everybody involved with the market for their hard work in making it such a success."
Helen Reader said: "It was wonderful to see so many people in Shepton Mallet to visit the market and the other local shops which had opened especially for the day, including my new shop, The Fairy Godmother Shop.
"The new Sunday market has really captured the imagination of people in Mendip and has helped breathe new life into Shepton Mallet town centre.
"I'm confident the Sunday market can go from strength to strength and I would like to thank everyone who has helped make it such a success."
The market will be regularly reviewed and the 12 months extended if it is successful. This market is not replacing the Friday market which will continue to run weekly alongside the free Friday parking in Great Ostry car park.
For more information on the Shepton Sunday Market visit www.sheptonmarket.co.uk. You can also find it on Facebook @SheptonSundayMarket
Picture caption: Pictured, from left to right, are: James Gilbody, Community Enforcement Officer for Mendip; Tamsin Walton of Digital Carrot (Tamsin designed the market website, banners and flyers); Karen Mercer, owner of My Coffee Stop; Helen Reader; Naomi Wilson from Dredge and Male (helped with marketing and advertising the market); Donna Nolan, Deputy Chief Executive at Mendip District Council.