RAIN did not dampen spirits at the official opening of Herne Bay market in its new town centre location on Saturday. Lord Mayor Cllr Ann Taylor and her husband Bob braved a downpour to cut the ribbon by one of the stalls in Mortimer Street, before chatting to traders and shoppers. Cllr Taylor said of the market’s move from the Kings Road car park:
“I think it is a real success. I spoke to quite a few of the traders and they were all very pleased with how it is going, and it is good for the shops and cafes too. There will always be some people who are not totally happy but when you compare the market to what it was like in its original location, when it was going downhill, I think it’s easy to see that this was the right thing to do. It looks very smart and it has really livened up the town centre and I’m chuffed to bits about that.”
The move was prompted by the need to clear the car park to make way for a new Aldi store — but officials took the opportunity to relaunch the market, with new gazebos and new stalls. There are now plans to extend it into Bank Street as well as William Street and Mortimer Street, and it is also open longer, from 8am to 4pm every Sunday.
Herne Bay Times, June 11th 2014