February 27, 2012 Suffolk Free Press by Neil Bracegirdle.
THE fortunes of an ailing farmers’ market could be set for a turn around after the venture was taken over.
Sudbury’s monthly farmers’ market at St Peter’s has been run by the town council for the last seven years.
However, only a handful of stalls now remain and customer numbers have hit an all-time low.
With the council unable to spark interest in the market and with concerns over its long-term future, the management has been handed to businesswoman Justine Paul on a six-month trial basis.
Ms Paul, who runs similar markets in Lavenham and Assington – attracting hundreds of visitors – said: “I am delighted to be taking over the management of the market and my immediate aim is to attract more than 20 stall holders and a high number of customers.
“The current traders are very enthusiastic and positive, and I think that will help when I am trying to attract more to come on board. I am determined to make this happen.”
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