‘What a great day it was’ – Visitors mark last four decades of market with bumper Barkway event

Royston and District Model Engineering Club provided steam rides for the many families attending the

Royston and District Model Engineering Club provided steam rides for the many families attending the market . Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

Organisers have been celebrating the success of the annual Barkway Market after an estimated 4,000 visitors poured into the village on Saturday.

Lizzy and Sophie Clark from Newsells enjoying the day. Picture: Clive Porter

Lizzy and Sophie Clark from Newsells enjoying the day. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

Barkway has had a market since 1270 but the event marked 40 years since it was restarted back in 1977 as a street market to raise money for a celebration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

Market co-ordinator Tom Wornham said: “It’s lovely to see so many people from the village pulling together on market day.

Huge thanks to all the volunteers, and especially to those at Manor Farm who allow us to hold the market and park cars on their land. We’re delighted that everyone seems to have had a successful day.

Stallholders and customers enjoyed the event.

One commented, “It was our first year at the event, and what a great day it was.”

Another said, “I have never been before, and I loved it.”

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Food sellers also reported a brisk trade.

Rev Ruth Pyke raised the Union Flag to open the market, she thanked the organisers, and wished everybody success.

For enquiries about the market email barkwaymarket@gmail.com