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Sunday, December 15, 2013
A European market was called off in Attleborough at the weekend because stallholders were unhappy about the distance between the venue and the town centre.
The Traditional European Food and Craft Fair was set to be the first ever continental market to be held in the town on Sunday, but the event was cancelled because stallholders were concerned about how far Connaught Hall car park in Station Road was from the town centre.
Olivier Simonin, who helps to organise the European markets, said there were due to be 15 stalls in the car park, but the decision to call off was taken at 8am, an hour before the start, because stallholders were concerned there would be a lack of visitors due to the distance.
The market was due to offer a taste of the continental in one place, with handbags, leather items, Marseille soaps, lavender, children’s toys and pashminas on sale.
Most of the products on sale come from each stall holder’s region, where they are produced by small organisations such as family businesses, farms or small factories using traditional methods.
The traders also wear their traditional local costumes from 100 years ago, as well as decorating their stall to represent the region of the country they come from.