Diss’s shops to set out their stalls

Oxfam Diss proposed the new bargains market in the town's market place. Here, Oxfam volunteers Rober

Oxfam Diss proposed the new bargains market in the town's market place. Here, Oxfam volunteers Roberta Playford and Blanche Goodrum promote the event. - Credit: Archant

The Diss market place is set to come alive with trade as it prepares to host the town's first ever bargains market.

The market, which will include up to 20 stalls, will be a chance for shops to sell end-of-line or out-of-season stock at a reduced price in order to make way for new stock.

The idea for the market came from Mike Davison from Oxfam in Diss, who said he was inspired by 'grand sales' held in Harleston between 2012 and 2015.

Mr Davison said: 'Charity shops have a bad name in Diss, unfortunately, but we do offer a valuable service to the town, not only for shoppers but also for the countless volunteers who enjoy working in them and gain friendship, skills and satisfaction by doing so. Not to mention the causes that we support, ranging from local causes such as the East Anglia's Children's Hospices to international ones like Oxfam.

'Donating 10 per cent of our takings from our market day sales to a local cause - chosen by the new mayor - is one way that we and the independent shops can show our support for the people of Diss.'

Town clerk Deborah Sarson said: 'This is a great way of helping raise the profile of our independent traders, it brings more people to the market place and supports the local economy.'

The market will take place on Saturday, July 23 from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Anyone who wants to book a stall can call 01379 852501.

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