Country market closes

PUBLISHED: 12:25 12 October 2007 | UPDATED: 23:06 28 May 2010

Stallholders at March Country Market this week, left to right, Judith Grounds, Brenda Tindle, Margaret Clark, Joy Dyer, Sally Wakerham, Shirley Stacey, Maureen Wesley and Joyce Henchman.

Stallholders at March Country Market this week, left to right, Judith Grounds, Brenda Tindle, Margaret Clark, Joy Dyer, Sally Wakerham, Shirley Stacey, Maureen Wesley and Joyce Henchman.

WEDNESDAY marked the end of an era in March as the diminishing number of traders running a country market in the scout hut called it a day. Twenty seven years after March Country Market was formed, the handful of enthusiasts who remain have packed up.. Ju

WEDNESDAY marked the end of an era in March as the diminishing number of traders running a country market in the scout hut called it a day.

Twenty seven years after March Country Market was formed, the handful of enthusiasts who remain have packed up..

Judith Grounds, chairman of the market, said: "It reflects a change in habits. People now shop differently, and those remaining here have found it increasingly difficult."

The individuals who make up the market at the scout hut in Mill View sell vegetables grown from their own gardens or make their own crafts to sell.

"For me it's been a case of apples from the orchard" said Mrs Grounds, whose says the number of stalls has dropped to four or five, and visitors have declined too.

She said they greatly regretted the decision to close but said customers could still go to Wisbech where a similar market is held from 8am to 11.30am in St Peter's Church Hall on Thursdays.

Mrs Grounds said environmental health requirements had also increased over the years and this contributed to their decision to close.

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