Rayleigh's market adds vitality to the town

Shoe stall – Eddie Dray, Rayleigh in Bloom chairman Margaret Spencer and environment chairman Cheryl Roe look for bargain footwear

Shoe stall – Eddie Dray, Rayleigh in Bloom chairman Margaret Spencer and environment chairman Cheryl Roe look for bargain footwear

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TRADERS, shoppers and councillors are rallying behind their popular town market as part of a national scheme.

As part of Love Your Market fortnight, people involved with the weekly Rayleigh market are celebrating its success.

The event, which is running over the next two weeks nationally, is looking to mark the contribution of markets around the UK to the vitality of towns.

Town council chairman Eddie Dray said he loves the market and believes bringing it to a more central location, having previously been held in the car park opposite the Holy Trinity Church, has increased its popularity.

Mr Dray said: “I think having it here has brought back the market town feel which Rayleigh had in the past which is a great atmosphere to have.

“It is also supporting the community by giving them more choice of where to shop and assisting local traders by giving them a place to sell.

“What is the most positive thing for me though is the amount of shoppers we get coming to the market each week, as it is always packed.”

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9:00am Sun 18 May 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Just imagine how much more successful the market would be, and how much more vibrant Rayleigh would be without those awful parking charges!
Just imagine how much more successful the market would be, and how much more vibrant Rayleigh would be without those awful parking charges! I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 11

9:22am Sun 18 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

I care about rayleigh wrote:
Just imagine how much more successful the market would be, and how much more vibrant Rayleigh would be without those awful parking charges!
I like the parking charges, keeps the market packed with spenders, and keeps out the low life pretenders.
[quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: Just imagine how much more successful the market would be, and how much more vibrant Rayleigh would be without those awful parking charges![/p][/quote]I like the parking charges, keeps the market packed with spenders, and keeps out the low life pretenders. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -7

9:33am Sun 18 May 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Im always amazed by the variety down at this market, living fairly close, I often pass the place, and always return home with some tasty treats, including some rather fantastic crusty breads, fresh fruits and veg, not forgetting those superbly cut meats.
With the market, there is always some new to discover, all in all a fab experience.
Im always amazed by the variety down at this market, living fairly close, I often pass the place, and always return home with some tasty treats, including some rather fantastic crusty breads, fresh fruits and veg, not forgetting those superbly cut meats. With the market, there is always some new to discover, all in all a fab experience. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 5

5:34pm Sun 18 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

Yep, election time looms.
Yep, election time looms. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

6:39am Mon 19 May 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Have to take hats of to Rayleigh Town Council in sticking to their guns and keeping the faith with the market in it's move. Even they had no idea that it would be such an outstanding success.
Have to take hats of to Rayleigh Town Council in sticking to their guns and keeping the faith with the market in it's move. Even they had no idea that it would be such an outstanding success. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 2

8:18am Mon 19 May 14

aarontrophy says...

Recently moved to rayleigh and i think the market is great.
Recently moved to rayleigh and i think the market is great. aarontrophy
  • Score: 1

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