Ideas gathered on how to improve Thetford’s Market Place at ‘spring into summer’ event

The action at a Spring into Summer Market on Thetford's Market Place. Picture: Courtesy of Joe Cunne

The action at a Spring into Summer Market on Thetford's Market Place. Picture: Courtesy of Joe Cunnell - Credit: Archant

It has been the thriving hub of one of the region's biggest market towns for almost 200 years.

Alton Wahlburg performing as part of the action at a Spring into Summer Market on Thetford's Market

Alton Wahlburg performing as part of the action at a Spring into Summer Market on Thetford's Market Place. Picture: Courtesy of Joe Cunnell - Credit: Archant

And now a fresh initiative has been launched to breathe new life into Thetford's Market Place.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the square yesterday (Sunday, May 27) to enjoy live performances, sample street food and browse traders' stalls at a Spring into Summer Market organised by the town council.

Visitors also had the chance to take part in a consultation and put forward their own ideas about how to make Market Place safer and more welcoming.

Joe Cunnell, the council's events and marketing assistant, said the response to the event had been positive.


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He said: 'The Market Place needs a revival to draw more people into the town.

'We're planning on trying to liven it up a bit - put in some flower arrangements, get some new bins to replace the current ones which are from 1985. We've also been looking at doing features on the guildhall, such as artificial or real greenery.

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'Market Place also has quite a bad parking situation at the moment, so we're looking at how that could be improved.'

Mr Cunnell said ideas for improving parking included replacing some of the low bollards with benches (to prevent motorists from parking in pedestrian areas) and adding double-yellow lines.

He said: 'We also want to have more events to bring people together and encourage that community feeling.'

Visitors to Market Place also gave their opinions on a planned new playground and volunteers were signed up for a Barnham Cross Common project to improve the green space.

Musicians who performed at the market day included Alton Wahlberg, Curtis Cronin, Yve Mary B and Tony Brook.

The event followed a Soapbox Challenge event in Thetford's town centre, which took place for the first time in April.

This racing day, which is now planned to take place annually, saw brightly decorated soap boxes with themes including 'Back to the Future' and 'dragon' roll down King Street in a series of time trials.

Market Place hosts markets on Tuesday and Saturdays in front of the guildhall, visit www.thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk for more information.

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