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Market hits a milestone

PUBLISHED: 12:10 03 September 2010 | UPDATED: 09:18 16 September 2010

MEMBERS of a popular market in Bungay enjoyed Bucks Fizz and cake as they celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The Bungay Country Market, which is held at Bungay Community Centre in Upper Olland Street, has been selling quality home-made produce from local people since it was started up by the Bungay WI back in 1985.

MEMBERS of a popular market in Bungay enjoyed Bucks Fizz and cake as they celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The Bungay Country Market, which is held at Bungay Community Centre in Upper Olland Street, has been selling quality home-made produce from local people since it was started up by the Bungay WI back in 1985.

Amongst the goods on offer are a variety of foods such as fruit and vegetables, eggs, preserves and home-made cakes, which must include a list of ingredients.

There are also many items made by craftspeople.

The market is part of the nationwide cooperative Country Markets, which provides an outlet for people to sell their goods after they join up for a small fee.

The Bungay version is one of the few still doing well in today's economic climate.

“We're very proud and pleased to be able to celebrate 25 years,” said Frank Bowes, treasurer, who has been a member since it first began.

“We're managing to ride the storm of the recession. A lot of our members have passed on and moved away, but there's a continuous turnover of members.”

As well as the market on Thursdays, it also offers a home delivery service.

Customers can select a mix of goods on offer to be placed in a hamper delivered to their door.

Christine Wheeler, who has been selling her textile products at the market for two years, said: “I think it's the place to get quality stuff. You can talk to the person who made it.

“It's nice meeting people as well. Bring your friends, do your shopping, and have a cup of tea but today of course we're drinking Buck's Fizz and eating chocolate cake.”

The market was started in the Trinity Rooms, before moving to the Emmanuel Church Hall in Rose Lane six years later.

It has been at the Bungay Community Centre for many years.

At the anniversary celebrations chairman Pat Alford thanked everyone for their support. “I hope you will all keep coming,” she said.

The Bungay Country Market takes place every Thursday from 9.15-11am. To place an order to be delivered call 01986 781267.

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