Organisers of a continental
market due to be held in Coventry next month have cancelled the event in
the wake of the Rover crisis.
The Continental Market, an
Evesham-based company, was due to bring around 30 stalls to the city
centre on May 5 and 6 but traders have backed out after suffering abuse
from customers in other Midland towns.
It is the second time the City
Centre Company, which manages and promotes the heart of the city, has
lost a market in the last sixth months.
A pre-Christmas French market
was called off after the escalation in the beef crises.
Shar Williams, of The
Continental Market, said:
"We had a meeting with
our traders over the Easter weekend and several of the French and
German stall holders were not keen to come to Coventry.
"We recently held a
market in Warwick and it was clear that emotions were running high
because of the Rover affair.
“One of our German traders
recently left another market after one day because of the abuse he was
"It is a great shame
because we have traders of other nationalities, but the consensus was
that it was better in the circumstances that we did not come to
Gillian Lawless, events and
promotions manager for the City Centre Company, said she understood
feelings were running high but added that although she was continuing to
explore alternative possibilities, it was likely that it was now too
late to organise a replacement event.
"It is a great shame. The
market has proved popular in the past but circumstances have changed
in recent months and weeks.
were reviewing the event anyway, but The Continental Market have
experienced feeling around the area and felt pulling out was the
prudent course of action."