Helston is in the market for street stalls again after returning to its market town roots.
Last Friday saw the triumphant re-launch of the charter markets in Coinagehall Street, which from next week will be held every Monday and Friday ad infinitum.
The return has been organised by the Helston Business Improvement Partnership (HBIP) and the market day was officially launched by town mayor Jonathan Radford-Gaby.
Mark Upton, who is on the markets group working party, chaired by Emma Wooderson, said: “There were lots of efforts by volunteers to put it up, from BIP members and the local community. There was a great deal of public interest and we had absolutely no negative feedback.” He added that some traders had even reported a rise in footfall on market day.
Stalls were a mix of food and crafts, with everything from organic fruit and vegetables, to chocolate brownies and jewellery.
The emphasis was on quality – something the charter insists on.
There was also free entertainment for people visiting the markets, with pony rides for children and a street singer, and the aim is to continue this on market days.
Darren Parish, vice chairman of the Helston Business Improvement Partnership, said: “On behalf of the Helston BIP I am delighted to welcome back markets to Helston.
“Emma Wooderson and Mark Upton, and their markets subcommittee, have had all their hard work rewarded in bringing back what this great market town needs and we hope this will complement all the other great projects the HBIP are in the process of delivering.”
Mr Parish said the forthcoming Town Tidy Week, beginning this Saturday – which everyone in the town is encouraged to get involved in – would “only enhance the town’s appearance” and “add to the whole atmosphere that these markets will bring.”
“We hope Helston people will come out and support the markets and the many exciting projects we have lined up,” he added.
This week’s resurfacing of Coinagehall Street has meant a break in the markets for one week only.