Midhurst Market Square is officially reopened

IT was ten years in the planning but Midhurst Town Trust has at last been able to realise its dreams of bringing life back into the historic core of the town.

And on Saturday (August 3) in a ceremony complete with town crier John Backshall, the Market Square was officially re-opened after a £430,000 restoration which took six months to complete and which has transformed the area.

A festive air from the Featherston Jazzmen'''Picture by Louise Adams C131079-4 Mid Square

A festive air from the Featherston Jazzmen'''Picture by Louise Adams C131079-4 Mid Square

The project was made possible after a donation of £200,000 from the Monument Trust dedicated to the memory of Simon Sainsbury.

“Without this very generous donation we would still be standing on some dangerous broken tarmac in a stagnant car park and have uneven slippery granite setts laid as recently as 1974 in front of the Town Hall,” chairman of the Town Trust Andrew Mitchell told guests at the opening ceremony.

Instead it has been given a new lease of life with new paving, markings and the removal of car parking.

“It has been our aim, said Mr Mitchell, “to create an open area in the centre of this lovely old part of our town as an amenity for regular use for commercial markets, group activities, displays, culture, even just relaxing in the sun.”

Town cryer John Backshall launched the proceedings.''''Picture by Louise Adams C131079-3 Mid Square

Town cryer John Backshall launched the proceedings.''''Picture by Louise Adams C131079-3 Mid Square

It was hoped Simon Sainsbury’s partner of some 40 years, Stewart Grimshaw would be present to unveil a plaque in is memory, but he was unable to attend and instead his butler Luis Ramos performed the honours.

Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer, Thursday August 8