Could 2013 bring more markets to Colchester High Street?

Could 2013 bring more markets to Colchester High Street?

Could 2013 bring more markets to Colchester High Street?

First published in News

COLCHESTER’S High Street market was so popular there could be two more next year.

The event was so successful Don Quinn, of organisers Snake In The Grass, is to hold talks with Colchester Council to see if the High Street can be closed for three similar events next year.

He said: “It was the biggest one we have ever done. We filled the High Street with stalls from the top to the bottom and we had a huge number of comments from local people who were there saying they wanted to see a lot more of that sort of events.

“It was tremendously popular and we’re going to start talks with the council early in the New Year about what we can do together."

See Tuesday's Gazette for the full story

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8:30pm Mon 10 Dec 12

rhetoric says...

This should not be an "event", but a return to the original markets held in the Town for centuries.
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The Council should be taking any revenue for renting the sites or stalls.
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Some town councils own the stalls, and this can look really good as they are all in good condition and have the same canopies.
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We need a return to a well organised, local market with plenty of supervision to ensure that the merchandise is of high quality, and that the stallholders sell a good variety of items guaranteed to appeal to all shoppers.
What we don't need is a dreary setup of cheap diy stalls all in a row, or those selling items that don't bring the crowds.
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I am thinking of a market in one Town where the really excellent fruit and veg stall has queues in front of it all day from 8am, to shop closing time. These people don't just spend on the market, but visit other shops and spend in them too. The local buses are packed on market days.
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Bring back some dynamism, we need a council that's interested and some excellent traders, and I'm sure they are out there.
This should not be an "event", but a return to the original markets held in the Town for centuries. . The Council should be taking any revenue for renting the sites or stalls. . Some town councils own the stalls, and this can look really good as they are all in good condition and have the same canopies. . We need a return to a well organised, local market with plenty of supervision to ensure that the merchandise is of high quality, and that the stallholders sell a good variety of items guaranteed to appeal to all shoppers. What we don't need is a dreary setup of cheap diy stalls all in a row, or those selling items that don't bring the crowds. . I am thinking of a market in one Town where the really excellent fruit and veg stall has queues in front of it all day from 8am, to shop closing time. These people don't just spend on the market, but visit other shops and spend in them too. The local buses are packed on market days. . Bring back some dynamism, we need a council that's interested and some excellent traders, and I'm sure they are out there. rhetoric
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8:43pm Mon 10 Dec 12

angryman!!! says...

Yes I agree with the above, also that it would be better if the council was to own the stalls and rent them out so that they are smart and all look the same
Yes I agree with the above, also that it would be better if the council was to own the stalls and rent them out so that they are smart and all look the same angryman!!!
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4:54pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Im_Like_HELLO says...

The Colchester markets of old are sadly missed and I think the Council is realising this (long after the rest of us). Not everyone has Big Boys money to spend in Big Boys chain stores.
The Colchester markets of old are sadly missed and I think the Council is realising this (long after the rest of us). Not everyone has Big Boys money to spend in Big Boys chain stores. Im_Like_HELLO
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5:39pm Tue 11 Dec 12

rhetoric says...

Sadly, many of the younger generation will never have seen how splendid a sight the High Street market could be.
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It generated warmth, exciting scents and large crowds.
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Anyone out there old enough to remember Underwood's rock stall?
Sadly, many of the younger generation will never have seen how splendid a sight the High Street market could be. . It generated warmth, exciting scents and large crowds. . Anyone out there old enough to remember Underwood's rock stall? rhetoric
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11:09pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Boris says...

One special Sunday market a year is enough. Don Quinn also has other markets such as the Oyster Fair in early September where people sell all kinds of other stuff besides oysters. if there is a special market every week, it is no longer special.
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Obviously the regular Saturday market should return to High Street, rather than be hidden away in different bits of Culver Street. But that is something entirely different.
One special Sunday market a year is enough. Don Quinn also has other markets such as the Oyster Fair in early September where people sell all kinds of other stuff besides oysters. if there is a special market every week, it is no longer special. . Obviously the regular Saturday market should return to High Street, rather than be hidden away in different bits of Culver Street. But that is something entirely different. Boris
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8:58am Wed 12 Dec 12

rhetoric says...

Yes, Boris, I think that is what we have all been trying to say - keep the "special" markets to "special" occasions and let the old style twice a week markets, as granted to the Town by Charter, return.
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It wasn't just a Saturday market, but a mid-week market too. Saturdays are usually a busy day without any extra marketing draw, but mid-week the old market could bring a lot more life to the main street of the Town.
Yes, Boris, I think that is what we have all been trying to say - keep the "special" markets to "special" occasions and let the old style twice a week markets, as granted to the Town by Charter, return. . It wasn't just a Saturday market, but a mid-week market too. Saturdays are usually a busy day without any extra marketing draw, but mid-week the old market could bring a lot more life to the main street of the Town. rhetoric
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10:41am Wed 12 Dec 12

roger bacon says...

Good idea , a mid week market and free parking on that day would bring the punters in . That would liven up one of the mid week days and would make the town alive again. With free parking it might make it too successful.
Good idea , a mid week market and free parking on that day would bring the punters in . That would liven up one of the mid week days and would make the town alive again. With free parking it might make it too successful. roger bacon
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2:12am Thu 13 Dec 12

Boris says...

rhetoric wrote:
Yes, Boris, I think that is what we have all been trying to say - keep the "special" markets to "special" occasions and let the old style twice a week markets, as granted to the Town by Charter, return.
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It wasn't just a Saturday market, but a mid-week market too. Saturdays are usually a busy day without any extra marketing draw, but mid-week the old market could bring a lot more life to the main street of the Town.
Yes, I remember the mid-week market too, now you mention it. Was that on early closing day? Remember how in every town the shops used to close for one afternoon a week?
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As for Roger's suggestion of free parking, I disagree with that. Why should we Colcestrians subsidise car drivers?
[quote][p][bold]rhetoric[/bold] wrote: Yes, Boris, I think that is what we have all been trying to say - keep the "special" markets to "special" occasions and let the old style twice a week markets, as granted to the Town by Charter, return. . It wasn't just a Saturday market, but a mid-week market too. Saturdays are usually a busy day without any extra marketing draw, but mid-week the old market could bring a lot more life to the main street of the Town.[/p][/quote]Yes, I remember the mid-week market too, now you mention it. Was that on early closing day? Remember how in every town the shops used to close for one afternoon a week? . As for Roger's suggestion of free parking, I disagree with that. Why should we Colcestrians subsidise car drivers? Boris
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7:49am Thu 13 Dec 12

rhetoric says...

Boris, early closing day in Colchester was Thursday.
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The mid week market was on Wednesday. It would have been crazy to hold it on an early closing day, when the Town Centre was shut down. Retail workers would have headed straight home for a rest, as they only had Sunday and Thursday pms as their leisure time.
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Obviously, if you "remember" the market being on early closing day, you don't actually remember it at all!
Boris, early closing day in Colchester was Thursday. . The mid week market was on Wednesday. It would have been crazy to hold it on an early closing day, when the Town Centre was shut down. Retail workers would have headed straight home for a rest, as they only had Sunday and Thursday pms as their leisure time. . Obviously, if you "remember" the market being on early closing day, you don't actually remember it at all! rhetoric
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