The range of goods on sale at the Torquay markets always attract interest. June Bellenger checked out the handbags the last time she popped along.
The range of goods on sale at the Torquay markets always attract interest. June Bellenger checked out the handbags the last time she popped along. Alistair Brightman

Markets return on a new day

TORQUAY'S markets are back on track this month with a new co-ordinator in the driving seat.

Sara Ashdown will be at the organisational helm for the next staging of the popular monthly markets, which move from a Friday evening to a Saturday morning on November 20, dropping the twilight tag in the process.

“We're hoping to get more of the locals coming along,” Ms Ashdown said of the reason behind the change of day.

“And from a stall holders' point of view, we don't have to worry about things like light.”

Ms Ashdown runs an animal care business by day and a stall by weekend.

“I do other markets and I think this is one of the best venues. It's such a good spot to run a market, we should make the most of it.

“We're starting small and working our way up.”

She said the role of co-ordinator was made easier because she also is a stall holder and understood their situation.

The talent quest launched at the markets in August will be put on hold for November before a decision is made on how to progress it further.

Larry Burch of Aquavue Café, the initial instigator of the market idea, is delighted to see its co-ordination in good hands – and out of his.

“It's just getting too much,” he said. “But I love the concept.”

Stall holders were advised of the November date last week and Ms Ashdown has been securing bookings since.

“We are looking for lots of local market stall holders.”

Next Saturday's markets near Aquavue Cafe will run from 9am to 2pm.



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