Struggling market needs support from shoppers

To give the monthly stowmarket  farmer's market a boost, have organised live bands and a mini-farm to attract more customners and stallholders.
To give the monthly stowmarket farmer's market a boost, have organised live bands and a mini-farm to attract more customners and stallholders.
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LIVE music and a mini-farm rolled into Stowmarket on Good Friday in an attempt pick up trade for the town’s struggling farmers’ market.

Eight live acts were dotted around the town to entertain shoppers and a mini-farm featuring a range of animals showed up to keep the children busy, too.

To give the monthly stowmarket  farmer's market a boost, have organised live bands and a mini-farm to attract more customners and stallholders.

To give the monthly stowmarket farmer's market a boost, have organised live bands and a mini-farm to attract more customners and stallholders.

Money-off vouchers were also offered to shoppers on the day giving a discount of £2 with any stall purchase over £5.

But market warden John Harvey said although the day had been really good fun, only six of the 3,000 vouchers printed were redeemed.

He said: “Everybody had a really good day and really enjoyed themselves.

“The footfall wasn’t bad on Friday, but it wasn’t good.

To give the monthly stowmarket  farmer's market a boost, have organised live bands and a mini-farm to attract more customners and stallholders.

To give the monthly stowmarket farmer's market a boost, have organised live bands and a mini-farm to attract more customners and stallholders.

“The farmers’ market is going through a bad patch at the moment and that is why we are trying to get more people into the town.

“It is very difficult – nobody is spending any money at the moment.

“We issued 3,000 vouchers but only got six back which was disappointing.

“But the singers around were really great and played some very good music.

“We have more planned in the future to get the market back on track.”