I left one thing unsaid last Saturday when commenting on the great Uckfield Late-Night Shopping evening, writes our columnist, Observer.
Three things struck me as I walked around. I listed two [the great atmosphere and the superb organisation] but held back on the third because I thought it was right we should enjoy the moment.
Regular readers of this column will know that I have promoted the idea of moving the farmers’ market to the High Street.
It was an idea Uckfield Town Council also put forward but it fell foul of the higher authorities who, I am afraid, lack a “can do attitude”.
They saw problems, the town council and Observer saw opportunities.
It was while browsing some of the attractions at late night shopping, and seeing some of the farmers’ market-type stalls, that I thought here would be a superb opportunity to get the market into the High Street – if only for one night.
Now, I will admit, there’s an awful lot going on already at this big night and space could be a bit tight.
However, Uckfield Chamber of Commerce will have members who are pretty nifty with a slide rule, or the modern equivalent, and surely can come up with an equitable allocation of space.
Putting late-night shopping to one side, getting the farmers’ market into the High Street remains a ‘no brainer’, in my opinion.
The market needs visitors, as do our shops.
Bring it together in one place and create a buzz.
My travels take me across Britain and I see street markets in all sorts of places. They appear to be thriving, as do the towns.
That’s it from me for 2018. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
I’m due back on the first Saturday in January.
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