SHOPPERS are returning to a town’s market in their droves – boosting high street trade in the process.
The public is returning to Rayleigh’s market to buy cakes, bread, and fruit and veg from the stallholders who have been moved to the heart of the town.
The market – which is mentioned as far back as 1181 and is the second oldest in the country behind Colchester – was previously held in the car park at the top of the High Street, but dwindling trade led the town council to take it over and move it to its new location in the taxi rank outside Boots.
It is hoped the market will bring more people into the town and help support the High Street.
It was officially relaunced with the booming voice of the town crier and it is hoped the shopping buzz will continue.
Trevor Day, 49, who has a stall selling household goods, has been one of the driving forces behind getting the market set up.
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