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Kenilworth Market Sets Up Stall In New Home

Kenilworth’s weekly market has been out on public view for the first time today.

After years of being tucked away in car parks, the Thursday retail market was installed at the front of the Abbey End shops today, by The Clock Tower roundabout.

It almost marks the completion of work on site with new paving and street furniture, plus new trees, bus lay-by and work on the traffic roundabout.

The final piece of the revamp was missing – the £30,000 water feature.

The so-called Groovy Ball marking all the Kenilworths in the world has been sent away for repair, before it even went on show.

Kenilworth was ‘moved’ from Warwickshire to Hertfordshire and the outlines of some countries were not very accurate. It now transpires it also had east and west mixed up.

But it was all smiles at lunchtime today when town mayor Graham Windybank and district council chairman Joe Short cut the ribbon on a stall and declared the market’s new site open for the business.

The traders seemed busier than usual, and the council was pleased to see the car parks full.

The market has been held in Abbey End car park for the last four years, using up valuable parking spaces on one of the busiest days of the week in the town. 

The market may bring extra people in, but the stalls used up some of the car parking space and some people were turned away.

The new site, which will be also used for the monthly farmers market, is far more visible to passing traffic and pedestrians. The farmers markets are held on the second Saturday of the month – the next is the day after tomorrow.

Paul Skett of EG Skett and Co, the market operators, said that the move is the most significant thing to happen to the market in recent years. He said:

"This gives us a prime location and I fully expect demand from traders to be on the market to increase.  This is good news for the Kenilworth Market."

The mayor of Kenilworth was equally pleased to see the market relocate. Cllr Windybank said:

"I have said before that this is a good move for Kenilworth, and I feel that this new location will see the market prosper and I wish it well.

“What we've been able to do is to work together on this and to plan the move so that it works to best effect".

No date has been given for the arrival of the Groovy Ball, officially known as The Globe, because it stand son the site of the Globe Hotel that was bombed in the Second World War and also because if features a map of the world.

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