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Haverhill Market’s history to be explored at celebration event




Haverhill's Market Place in 1958. Picture courtesy of Haverhilll & District Local History Group
Haverhill's Market Place in 1958. Picture courtesy of Haverhilll & District Local History Group

Children and their grandparents will enjoy free tea, cake and a 1950s music as part of community celebrations on Haverhill market on Saturday.

Students from Castle Manor Academy have been working with community arts teacher Louise Gridley and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, to organise a number of events as part of the national Love Your Local Market fortnight.

Haverhill's market as seen in the 1940s. Picture courtesy of the Haverhill & District Local History Group
Haverhill's market as seen in the 1940s. Picture courtesy of the Haverhill & District Local History Group

Students will lead a community hat parade at 11am from the Arts Centre to the market for a tea party involving young people from the school and their grandparents. There will also be a hat making workshop for senior citizens.

The Haverhill & District Local History Group will have an exhibition about the origins of the market while senior residents will be invited to share their own stories of its history.

Young people will be taking the chance to develop their own entrepreneurial and leadership skills by running their own market stall for free.

There will also be a competition for the most inventive market calls.

Miss Gridley said: “We want to highlight the social value of markets and showcase community spirit by bringing young people and their grandparents together for a day of celebration and creativity.

“We are also really interested in hearing some of the local social history – people’s memories not just of how the market was, but some of their personal stories about how they perhaps worked there or used the market as a meeting place with their friends or their loved one.”

The community event is supported by Haverhill Town Council and locality budget funding from St Edmundsbury Cllrs John Burns, Paula Fox and Margaret Marks.

Free tea and cake will be served between 11am and 3pm with drinks served in reusable Love Your Local Market mugs, while singer Sarah Probert will entertain with a range of 1950s music.

Cllr Robert Everitt, Cabinet Member for Families and Communities at St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “Our aim is to have markets that are not only a place of trade and business but also as a place for our communities to come out an enjoy experiences which is why we have organised events such as the recent World Village Market, the forthcoming Beer Festival and of course this fantastic day of celebrations – and my huge thanks to the students, the school and Louise for all of the work that has gone into this already.

“Separate to this we are also offering would-be traders the chance to trade for free – contact our market officer at Sharon.fairweather@westsuffolk.gov.uk for more information.”

Cllr John Burns who represents the Borough Council on the Haverhill Market Users Forum said: “The market has played an important part in Haverhill’s social and economic history, and there are efforts taking place to try to grow the market, which I feel can only be good for the town and its businesses.

“I am looking forward to this event, not only to seeing the parade and the History Society Museum, but also to chatting with some of the older residents and hearing some of their stories of the market.”



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