Return of Salisbury Charter Market proves successful

Return of Salisbury Charter Market proves successful

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 4:18pm 16th May 2020. (Updated at 4:19pm 16th May 2020)

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The City Council say customers have been 'orderly' and 'well-behaved' with some fruit and veg stalls selling out of produce by lunchtime.

Today's Charter Market (Saturday 16th May) is the first time the traditional event been held since the Covid-19 lockdown began.

Safety measures like a one-way system, social distant queueing, hand sanitizer and floor markings were put in place to keep shoppers and traders safe.

Salisbury Charter Market May 2020
Customers were queueing to get in to Salisbury's Charter Market, with 'friendly chit chat' between them

Salisbury City Council tell us they had around 80 people queueing to get into the Market ahead of it opening at 8.00am.

Around 15 stallholders set up to trade, all of them selling food.

It's thought around 900 customers went through the Market, up until it closed for the day at 3.00pm.

Joanna Wood, Business Manager for Salisbury City Council told Spire FM it's gone well: 


Traders on the Salisbury Charter Market were pleased to be back too.

Here's Daniel Rimer from Wilton Wholefoods: 

Shoppers were also keen to get back a sense of normality, while supporting local businesses.

Lisa Thomas from Winterbourne Gunner and Ray Gater from Fordingbridge visited the stalls today: 


Bringing back the Charter Market has been seen as a trial run, to see whether it's possible to keep the Market going while the Covid-19 restrictions remain in place.

The City Council say they're 'hopeful' that they can run events on the next few Saturdays, before reviewing when to bring back the Tuesday trade as well.

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