After writing over 20 pages of plans, risk assessments and breaking through a whole load of red tape we an iffy start to the #LoveSaltash Markets with September being canceled. However, October came around quick enough and we had 18 exhibitors booked in to trade, 2 less than full – fantastic!
Road marked out, road signs up and we are ready to go… then rain. An awful lot of rain. The rain and illness with exhibitors led to us dropping to near capacity down to 10 exhibitors, half empty. Luckily I’m a half full type of guy.
Everyone set up and we were blessed with blue skies for the rest of the day, a tad breezy, but beautifully dry and sunny!
A huge variety of exhibitors in that mix of 10, with a huge amount of support from local shops, local people and even a few local councilors popped in to say hello.
The #LoveSaltash initiative and Markets are new. We are looking forward to them growing, a huge amount of feedback is being sent our way, mostly positive. Thank you to everyone for this feedback, without it, we are unable to improve and create something fantastic.
It was great to have an overheard comment Peter Thistlethwaite, director of Saltash Gateway Community Interest Company made passed on to me. He was heard saying how the #LoveSaltash Market had a fantastic atmosphere, it looked good and it was great to have in the town.
A final huge thank you to Nicole Higgins for keeping the shoppers entertained, Chris Tandy for being the official road closer and finally Hilary Frank who initially approached me about the event and has backed me throughout.
“thankyou for a nice event , had a nice day” – Butterflyhazel Denley
“Thank you for a great day’s trading in Saltash, we really enjoyed it in spite of gazebo disasters in the wind, but we appreciate the help from fellow traders and from Aaron, and met so many nice people, that what I like about the craft scene!” – Turned out nice
Some final comments from the Saltash News Network: