Shoppers turned up to support local producers as the market set up its stalls for the first time since pausing at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.

Many of the stallholders, who sell produce from within a 50 mile radius of Chichester, sold out by the end of the day.

The market has temporarily moved to Cattle Market Car Park to reduce overcrowding in the city centre and to allow for social distancing measures to take place.

Cllr Alan Sutton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Communications, Licensing & Events said: "We were delighted to see so many shoppers welcoming back the Chichester Farmers' Market and showing their support for our local growers and producers, with many of the stalls selling out by lunchtime.

"Social distancing measures were rigidly followed, ensuring the safety of all customers, stallholders and staff.

"The markets will be taking place on the first and third Friday of each month, and the next market will be Friday 19 June, from 9am until 2pm. Whether you're after fresh bread and pastries, or local fish and groceries, I'd thoroughly recommend a visit!"

Preparations are also being made for the Wednesday and Saturday market to return. The Wednesday market is usually held in the city centre, but will temporarily operate from Cattle Market Car Park with the first planned for Wednesday 10 June, 8am-4pm. The Saturday market already operates from Cattle Market Car Park with the next market planned for Saturday 13 June.

The Wednesday and Saturday markets are run by Bray Associates. For more information please visit www.braymarkets.com

For more information about Chichester Farmers' Market please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/farmersmarket

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Date of release: 8 June 2020