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Vegan Market Back In The High Street And Other Shop News

Published on: 6 Sep, 2020
Updated on: 9 Sep, 2020

By Hugh Coakley

The Surrey Vegan market made its first appearance back in the High Street after the start of the pandemic with 40 stalls stretched along the full length of the historical street.

A good crowd attended the Surrey Vegan market in the High Street.

Queues at most of the food stalls.

It wasn’t as busy as previous market days but there was a good atmosphere in the town with queues at most of the food stalls. Surrey Vegan organiser Louise Simpson said: “It’s going well. This is the most stalls we have had so far. We have moved the food stalls to the top of the High Street where it is wider.

“The traders are happy and many of the stalls are selling out.”

It did not appear to be as busy as previous market days but stallholders said that they were happy with the turn-out.

Andrew from Herb Bros said it was the first day he had taken a market stall since the pandemic started. He said: “It’s good to talk to people. I’ll be back here for the next market.”

Street entertainers kept the music flowing as shoppers moved up and down the High Street.

Twins, Jake and Luke with their kindred spirit, Bryony, taking centre spot for Choco La next to the Guildhall.

Rhian Harrison from Woking entertaining in front of Holy Trinity Church in the High Street.

Local artist Robin Mullen painting the High Street clock scene. Robin has opened a new and permanent gallery in Market Street.

The Surrey Vegan team with Louise Simpson second from the right and on the right, Diane Parker of Guildford Borough Council. Luoise said: “We work closely with GBC who are amazing.”

Diane Parker, project manager from Guildford Borough Council, said: “The markets bring people into the town and the vegan market brings a different shoppers than the usual on a Sunday.”

And the latest on shop changes…

It didn’t take long for Gadget Xpert to take the centrally located shop after Carphone Warehouse closed down its High Street branch.

A new Co-op was opened in the upper High Street on Saturday (September 6) by Guildford Borough Councillor Maddie Redpath (Holy Trinity, R4GV).

Latest casualty; Trespass, only opened in December 2019, is now closing down.

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