Midhurst’s new weekly market is launched

A weekly market has finally returned to Midhurst’s ancient Market Square.

The Friday market is the brain child of greengrocer Cherry Potts whose shop stands a stone’s throw away in Red Lion Street.

Tom Barlow from Stedham with his Vietnamese Street Food  CONTRIBUTED PICTURE SUS-140530-132239001

Tom Barlow from Stedham with his Vietnamese Street Food CONTRIBUTED PICTURE SUS-140530-132239001

And she was over the moon with the support of shoppers and stall holders when the first market opened for business earlier today (Friday, May 30).

“It’s a very good start, it’s a great project and I am really proud of it and of everyone who is supporting it, both traders and customers, I couldn’t be happier,” she declared.

“There are already four more people interested in joining us next week.

“People are being rally upbeat about it and the town should be proud of itself - long may it continue.”

Among the first traders at the new market were Cherry herself selling fruit and vegetables along with Michael Courtney Family Butchers selling home-made meat pies.

Bev Stillwell told the Observer: “We changed an office into a new kitchen and started doing this about four months ago. Today I am promoting the pies but we will also be bringing meat to sell at the market soon.”

Cockburns Tea Rooms from Knockhundred Row were doing a roaring trade in cakes and buns, cream teas and coffee.

Alison Cockburn said: “I think this is great. Anything that brings life back to the historic old part of the town and gets people here is brilliant.”

Tom Barlow from Stedham launched his new Vietnamese Street food business selling filled bread inspired by his time in Saigon where he worked for the Standard Chartered Bank.

“I was there for five years, loved it and lived off this sort of food. I had trained as a chef and wanted to get back into food and so here I am.”

His Whaan Banh Mi stall will be a regular at the market.

Also enjoying the new venture was Alex Meikle of Alexandra’s Kitchen based on Holmbush.

“We have been trading for ten years and mostly cover events and sell to farm shops. We wanted to sell our frozen meals and fresh quiches ourselves as well and it is lovely to be able to promote ourselves at this market and get more well known.”