Official launch of Colchester’s new Charter Market

Colchester market manager Emma Powell, Town Crier Robert Needham, Cllr Anne Turrell, Mayor John Elli

Colchester market manager Emma Powell, Town Crier Robert Needham, Cllr Anne Turrell, Mayor John Elliott, Mayoress Janet Elliott, Roman Centurion David Carter and President of the National Market Traders Federation visited stall holders at the launch of Colchester's new market on Saturday, 18 April. - Credit: Su Anderson

Colchester’s new Charter Market was officially launched yesterday with a day of celebration.

Colchester market manager Emma Powell, Town Crier Robert Needham, Cllr Anne Turrell, Mayor John Elli

Colchester market manager Emma Powell, Town Crier Robert Needham, Cllr Anne Turrell, Mayor John Elliott, Mayoress Janet Elliott, Roman Centurion David Carter and President of the National Market Traders Federation visited stall holders at the launch of Colchester's new market on Saturday, 18 April. - Credit: Su Anderson

The market, which has returned to the High Street for the first time in a number of years, has newly branded stalls.

It is hoped the facility, which operates on Fridays and Saturdays, will lure both borough residents and visitors from further afield into the town centre.

Following a soft launch on Good Friday the market was officially opened on by Colchester mayor John Elliott cutting the ribbon.

To mark the occasion there were food samples, music and Colchester United mascot Eddie the Eagle – and even the town crier was on hand to help spread the word.


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Set up by Colchester Borough Council (CBC), the new stalls have an electricity supply and side awnings.

Anne Turrell, councillor for economic development and regeneration at CBC, said: “I am extremely proud we are celebrating the opening of the market in its new home.

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“We know the public were keen for the market to return to the High Street for some time and we are pleased to have made this happen.

“The stalls look fantastic and it’s a credit to the market traders that the new site looks so fresh, welcoming and vibrant. The feedback we have been getting is really positive.

“I would encourage anyone who has not yet visited to pop along to see for themselves how fantastic it looks.”

The Colchester Market team is planning a series of activities for Love Your Local Market, an international celebration of markets across 19 countries, which takes place in May.

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