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Farmers' markets for rest of year
5:40am Wednesday 20th June 2012 in News
THE success of the new look Andover Farmers’ Market will see it continuing until the end of 2012.
A drop in visitor numbers last year led to fears that the market would close, but negotiations between Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire Farmers’ Market resulted in an agreement to trial a ‘new look’ Farmers’ Market in Andover for six months.
The first of these took place in January this year and since then there has been a steady increase in both the number of stalls and visitors.
The success of the project now means that the collaboration between Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire Farmers’ Market has secured a continuation of the market in Andover until the end of 2012.
Cllr Ian Carr, leader of Test Valley Borough Council, said: “The market organiser and traders clearly signalled that they wanted to continue coming to Andover and I’m pleased to say that local residents and visitors have really got behind the initiative.
“The last six months have proved very successful and I am delighted that the market will now continue until the end of the year. This further extension will provide an opportunity not only for regular visitors to enjoy the market but, more importantly, enable more people to attend through the summer months.”
The next market is on Sunday. Future dates for the Sunday markets in 2012 are as follows: 15 July, 19 August, 16 September, 21 October, 18 November, 16 December.