Ripley gears up for first ever Michaelmas Market

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Market traders and residents have joined forces to organise Ripley’s first ever Michaelmas market this month.

Tony England, a member of the town’s Chamber of Trade and Commerce and other market traders have teamed up to host the community event on the Market Place.

The team is making history as this is the first time the market has been hosted and Ripley Town Council has backed the event with a donation of £1,500.

Town mayor Roland Emmas-Williams presented the cheque to Tony to help with the cost of organising the family event.

Tony said he hoped the market would be good for the town.

He said: “We have a nice town and a nice market place and we should celebrate that.

“Many years ago Ripley used to put on quite a show and we wanted to reinvent that and give it a modern twist.

“We want to showcase Ripley and all that it has to offer.

“We have got lots of local companies and businesses involved

“There will be a variety of entertainment to please all the family, so we hope that families will head down to the event and get involved in the fun.”

The market is being held on Sunday, November 30, two days after the big Christmas light switch-on.

Kicking off at 10.30am the day-long market will include craft and food stalls.

There will also be a range of entertainment including a barbecue, an appearance from Santa Claus, and performances from stilt-walkers, fire-eaters, Ripley Academy of Dance and morris dancers the Ripley Green Garters.