Early Christmas market proves a hit in Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Ivy Joan and Friends Market at the Unitarian Meeting House, 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160511-211909009
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Ivy Joan and Friends Market at the Unitarian Meeting House, Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160511-211909009
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An early-Christmas market once again proved popular last weekend with around 600 people dropping by.

The Ivy Joan & Friends market was held at the Unitarian Meeting House, in Churchgate Street, between 10.30am and 4.30pm. Some 22 stalls took part including artists, designers and all manner of crafts people, as well as clothes designers.

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Ivy Joan and Friends Market at the Unitarian Meeting House, James Treadaway of Off The Press with Julie Parker.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160511-211922009

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Ivy Joan and Friends Market at the Unitarian Meeting House, James Treadaway of Off The Press with Julie Parker. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160511-211922009

Since the markets began last year, Ivy Joan & Friends has been proving a hit, with another 15 enquiries from stall holders wanting to take part at the next, on November 27.

“The atmosphere was super vibrant and we had a queue for the opening,” said Hayley Peters, who runs online store ivyjoan.co.uk.

“Customers all commented on it being our best market yet and we were commended on both the calibre of the stalls and products on offer.”

Mrs Peters orginally held the first market this time last year in order to raise money for charity.

But the markets proved so popular, a second was held at Easter and a third during the summer.

On Saturday, there were also free gifts for the first 50 children to arrive, Vinyl Hunter provided the music and Frank and Earnest the coffee.

A new series of markets is being planned for next year with Ivy Joan shopping and cocktail evenings in the offing.