Popular market for young professionals returns to Bury

Hayley Peters pictured at last years Ivy Joan & Friends market in Bury St Edmunds
Hayley Peters pictured at last years Ivy Joan & Friends market in Bury St Edmunds
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A popular market for young professionals is being held for the fourth time in its history this weekend.

The Ivy Joan & Friends market will be held on Saturday, November 5, from 10.30am to 4.30pm at the Unitarian Meeting House, on Churchgate Street, with some 22 stalls.

The market was originally started last year by Bury St Edmunds businesswoman, Hayley Peters, to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, after her father was diagnosed with the condition.

But it proved so popular, a second market was held at Easter and a third during the summer, with many more stall holders coming forward wanting to take part.

“The list of stall holders has grown massively since the first market to around 38 altogether,” said Hayley, 30.

“There is so much creative talent in Bury. Some of those taking part were only set up after visiting the previous markets and being inspired to give it a try, which is amazing.

“The interest has been great and a little community has been built up around the markets, which is also really special.”

Hayley, who runs an online store called ivyjoan.co.uk, selling branded gifts, vintage items and clothing, is holding the first early-Christmas market this Saturday with a second at the same location on November 27.

Stall holders include local screen printers, local artists, crafts people selling homemade

Christmas decorations and do-it- yourself craft sets, alongside antiques and vintage clothing stalls.

There will also be free gifts for the first 50 children at each market, record store Vinyl Hunter will provide the music, with coffee provided by Frank & Earnest.