The relaunch of Aylesbury Market was officially marked today by its four longest-serving traders cutting a celebratory cake.
Changes to the market include brand new stalls, awnings and the introduction of the Tuesday Vintage and Craft Bazaar, while it has also signed up to the Real Deal initiative – a campaign that ensures markets are free of counterfeit and other illegal goods, so consumers can shop with confidence.
Four of the longest serving market traders, Ian Felix, Keith Austin, Nigel Garbutt and Jimmy Smith, who have nearly 180 years’ experience between them, cut the cake to signal the official opening of Aylesbury’s new look market.
The celebrations are continuing with live music and giveaways.
It is not just the look and feel of the market that has undergone a transformation.
Working with the existing market traders, over the last 18 months, Aylesbury Vale District Council has introduced a number of changes to the way the market operates. These have included updated terms and conditions for traders, the introduction of cashless payment options for existing stallholders and discount incentives for new traders.
A dedicated market team now works closely with the traders, holding monthly meetings to discuss any issues and to help plan the future of the market, as well as working to raise its profile with events and offers to attract new customers.
The new Vintage and Craft bazaar opens on Tuesday, showcasing new stallholders selling jewellery, glassware, coins and handcrafted goods.
People will also be able to bring their treasured items along to be valued for free by antiques expert John Bly.