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Clare market returns following winter break

Clare Monthly Products and Produce Market is back this Saturday (17 March), with plenty to attract shoppers to Suffolk’s smallest (‘but perfectly formed’) town.

Following a winter break, the market, reinstated last year after a 20-year-absence, is back and will include 20 or so stalls selling everything from bread and cheese to pies, organic fruit and vegetables and homeware.

Each market includes a free stall for Clare-based community groups or charities to use for fundraising. This Saturday will be the turn of Clare Baptist Church, which will be selling Traidcraft Fair Trade goods.

The market also features a free stall for a Clare business to give market trading a try. This month sees the turn of Maison de Clements, which sells beautiful French country furniture, antiques, interior design pieces and vintage items for the home and garden.

Linda Dabbs, who runs the Market Hill sited business, said: “There is always a great atmosphere and excitement and the market has lots of independent stalls which complement the fabulous variety of independent shops that we have in the town.”

The Clare Products and Produce Market is a joint initiative between Clare Town Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Cllr Alaric Pugh, who represents Clare on the Borough Council and is also Cabinet member for Planning and Growth, said: “Clare is a hidden gem. We have lots of lovely independent retailers and some great pubs, cafes and restaurants. The market adds to the appeal of this beautiful historic town and I am sure lots of people both from Clare and visitors will be glad to see it back after its winter break.”

Cllr Paul Bishop, Chairman of Clare Town Council, said: “We are proud to have been involved in bringing about the return of the market in the summer last year. People are passionate about Clare market. We are pleased that both the local community and people from further afield have come to Clare to support it and we are looking forward to another successful market this Saturday. 

The Market takes place on the third Saturday of each month between 8.30am and 3.30pm on Market Hill.