A new market is being trialled in East Leake, as the village bounces back from Covid-19.
The event will be at 3 pm – 8 pm on Friday 11 September, four months later than planned. It was originally scheduled for May but had to be suspended because of the coronavirus lockdown.
Market Manager and East Leake resident Meg Kozian said: “The delay’s been really frustrating, but we’re now very excited that the market is finally happening.
“We’re determined to ensure it’s a fantastic event, which will attract people not just from East Leake, but from much further afield.”
The market will be on Gotham Road Recreation Field, where the annual village carnival is held. The large area will help with the social distancing measures that will be in place. For example, stalls will be spaced further apart.
On sale will be artisan foods and other high-quality goods from more than 20 stalls. Market traders and businesses from across the area have expressed an interest in taking part.
This event will be used to assess levels of demand, in the hope of the market becoming a regular monthly event in 2021. ‘Twilight’ hours have been chosen so that people will be able to enjoy the market after work, with some East Leake shops also staying open late.
The idea of a local market has long been a major talking point in the village. East Leake’s population has grown by more than 1,000 in the last two years as a result of major new housing developments.
It’s been organised by East Leake Traders, a group of local retailers and other business owners who work to promote a vibrant local economy and community. The Traders already stage the village’s annual Christmas lights switch-on, which attracts hundreds of people.
Information about East Leake Market can be found on Facebook and Instagram (@eastleakemarket) and at www.eastleakemarket.org.uk.
A new East Leake Market Association has been set up to run the event, which complies with the rules of the historic market charter in Loughborough. The project’s being backed financially by Rushcliffe Borough Council and by Independent councillor Paul Shaw, through his local ward fund.