FLEET MARKET IS BACK AND IS WELL WORTH A VISIT!

WILL YOU BE VISITING?

by For Fleet's Sake
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FLEET MARKET – THE RETURN

Today is the day that the marks the opening of the revamped Fleet Market, with around 30 stalls, live entertainment and a whole host of goodies on offer. It may be chilly but the sun is shining and people are starting to pour into Gurkha Square…so let’s see what’s on offer!

The day got off to an early start with the rather snazzy new gazebos being set up, as Councillor Steve Forster gave a quick tour of the new layout:

Below: Councillor Steve Forster gives a quick look around as the market gets set up for the day.

 
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The difference between this market and the one from a couple of months ago is instantly obvious, with a square that offers a large number of stalls and an atmosphere that is already beginning to shine through. Compared to the previous empty and rather dismal looking offerings, it’s a different experience altogether and one that will hopefully see the fortunes of the weekly event do a complete turnaround.

Below: The remains of the previous market as lonely stallholders battle on in virtually empty surroundings.

Below: The new look market is proving a hit already as the crowds start to pour in.

 
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Below: Spotted! Councillors Steve Forster and Steven Parker at the new look market.

 
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There is also a brand new stage area, which will feature a range of different performers and live music to enjoy as you peruse the market stalls. Want to chill out and enjoy some of the food and drink on offer? There is a seating area that’s perfect to soak up the sunshine while enjoying some people watching. You can see the Shuffle Tunes Choir take the stage from 12pm – 1.15pm today.

Below: The new stage area and a place to sit and chill.

Below: Shuffle Tunes Choir are the first performers to grace the new look stage as they draw the crowds in.

 
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Have a peek at the stalls that are on offer today and maybe pop down to take a look for yourselves! Just click on a pic and scroll through…

What do you think of the revamped Fleet Market, will you be a regular visitor on a Saturday morning?

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