Antiques market attracted thousands of visitors despite thunderstorm

Bungay antiques street fair.

Bungay antiques street fair. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The annual antiques street market at Bungay was forced to close early due to a thunderstorm but still proved a big hit with about 7,000 visitors.

Bungay antiques street fair.

Bungay antiques street fair. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Organiser John Pestell, of Bungay Chamber of Trade, said: “Despite the worrying weather forecast, the day went very well although some traders decided not to attend as wet weather would damage their goods.

“In the event, following a localised torrential downpour at 4.30am, the day cleared up remarkably well.

“There were an occasional spots of rain but nothing too serious until the market was forced to close early in mid-afternoon following another violent thunder storm. At times, when the sun came out, it was very warm indeed.”

Visitors were, as expected down - possibly 7,000 or so in total.

“Numbers were very low early in the morning but picked up when people realised that the weather was not as bad as had been predicted. Mid-morning numbers were probably near normal and were higher than usual in the early afternoon.

“Traders reported good business with a couple even suggesting that it was best year ever.

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“There were still good crowds when the thunder storm forced an early closure so takings might have been even better,” said Mr Pestell.

Durrants auctioneers had a very successful day with valuations and conducting the charity auction in the afternoon on Castle Meadow.

Thanks are due to both Durrants and the public who supported the event with their bids and their donations.

It was the Chamber of Trade’s aim to raise sufficient funds to be able to site a defibrillator in town - this aim should now become a reality and members will now be seeking look for a suitable site for the equipment.

The charity treasure hunt was well received and thanks are due to both contestants and the traders who were generous in their bargaining. Overall a small loss was made which shows that it not as easy as sometimes appears on television.

Mr Pestell added that with the thunderstorms and weather forecasts he was “relieved” that the street fair went ahead and was so successful.

• The final Bungay Street Market of the year - Christmas Market Sunday, December 7.