Bury St Edmunds and Lavenham farmers' market concerns as 20 signs are taken
Disappearing farmers’ market signs could have an impact on regular events in Bury St Edmunds and Lavenham, organisers fear.
Justine Paul, of Suffolk Market Events, has been left perplexed by the mystery disappearances of promotional signs for the monthly markets.
Organisers attach the signs to lamposts with cable ties the Monday before scheduled events and then remove them on the day of the market – meaning they are in place for six days a month.
However, when February 9’s Bury market was cancelled due to weather conditions Justine went out to collect the signs a day early and discovered 14 had been inexplicably removed.
“The interesting thing is that in Bury, the only signs that were left in place were the ones near CCTV cameras.
“It is really frustrating,” said Justine.
Then, at Lavenham’s market this weekend she discovered six signs had been cut down and taken.
Replacing 20 signs is an unexpected expense Suffolk Market Events might struggle to afford.
“I fear this is targeted and I don’t like that feeling when our markets are so positive. I don’t know why anybody would have any negativity towards them," said Justine.
“This has an impact on the market as we can’t afford to buy new signs. To lose that many signs has a big impact on us and our traders. “
Because the signs are up for less than a week each month, Suffolk Market Events is seldom asked to remove them.
“We are incredibly careful to put them where they will not cause visibility issues or to attach them to road signs, that’s why it is so peculiar they have been taken down,” added Justine.
A West Suffolk Council spokesman said it did not appear it had removed the signs.
The popular markets have been run in Lavenham for 12 years and Bury for three.
The next Bury event, in The Traverse, is on March 8 from 10am-3pm. The next Lavenham market, at the village hall from 10am-1.30pm, is on March 22.
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