Your article: ‘We need to keep popular market’

Pocklington Market.
Pocklington Market.

Pocklington is described as a lively market town in several tourist publications and on the town council website and it is important that we help to keep up this ancient tradition.

The market was trading in 1245- almost a thousand years ago. Very few shop owners feel that the market has an adverse effect on their trade, the majority of retailers welcome the extra visitors to the town that the market attracts.

Pocklington Future Group notes that some stallholders have recently retired so that there are opportunities to apply for around four pitches. Care is taken that a range of goods is sold so that there is no direct competition. Anyone interested can look on the East Riding website for further information.

A 10ft (3m) pitch costs £18 for casual traders and after six weeks this reduces. A charity can apply for a pitch for £15 and a stall will be set up for them. The present barriers might deter people by saying ‘Road Closed’. A similar barrier could do the job just as well in a welcoming way with other words such as ‘Welcome to Pocklington Town and Tuesday Market.’ For much of the year there could be bunting and buskers or other music to add to the ambience.

Many people can sometimes make an outing of it on a Tuesday by combining a visit to the market with attending the coffee morning at All Saints’ Church or going to a film at the cinema which often starts at 1pm.

The marketplace is also a meeting place – if it is busy residents will enjoy meeting up with people they know.

Today markets face increasing competition from other forms of shopping but most residents and visitors love a market and hope to find a variety of stalls to browse and buy. Let us do our best to ensure that they are not disappointed and provide a good experience for all.