Market marks anniversary

By Nicholas McBride
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The Greymouth Community Sunday Market has celebrated its first birthday, but whether it lasts another year will depend on the amount of support it gets from the public.
The food, arts and crafts market started out at the Grey District Council fountain before relocating to the current site in the Tai Poutini Polytechnic car park, or in the polytechnic atrium if it rains.
Organiser Ali Grooby said it had been tough, but she was glad to see the market last a year.
She was proud that it had helped some of its stallholders.
“We’ve had some wonderful success stories in the market,” Ms Grooby said.
The Thai food cart was one, and jewellery maker Jules Bell and her caravan was another.
Ms Grooby said the market was a social community event and had become a meeting place for regulars to come down and catch up.
With winter looming, she is looking at dropping the weekly market to once a month, and is hoping it can last another year.
Tim Birchfield, a regular visitor to the market, encouraged more people to attend.
“I come down every week. You have to support this, it needs to grow. Come on Greymouth, get down here.”
Antiques stallholder Coe Coe Rene said she looked forward to each market as it was a chance to socialise with people. However, she believed it needed more stalls
Thai Food cart owner Kiki Saengharat said the market had had its “ups and downs”, but she was happy to be a part of it.
The market runs from 9am to 1pm every Sunday.