Plea to help save Ribchester’s ‘May Market’

A general view at Ribchester's May Market last year.
A general view at Ribchester's May Market last year.
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A desperate, eleventh hour plea to help save a village’s popular, annual ‘May Market’ is being made by organisers.

Ribchester’s spring bank holiday market - which this year should be held on Monday, May 30 - faces closure due to a shortage of committee members and helpers.

Village organisations, charities and individuals book stalls to raise funds for their own causes and the market, which has been staged on Bee Mill car park for the past three years after moving from outside The White Bull, also gives any money left over to local charities or good causes.

Stalls are also rented by outsiders to trade, and the market, which has run for around 24 years, attracts buyers from near and far.

Audrey Talbot, who has chaired the committee for last three years, said: “Because of family circumstances I don’t have the capacity to do it and have stood down.

“Unless somebody comes forward and is prepared to steer it, the market will be no more.

“I feel terrible about it.”

She says there are a few committee members left, including the treasurer and bookings secretary, but one or two also wish to stand down.

Last year the market attracted around 30 stalls and Audrey says they believe it has been very successful on the Bee Mill car park, despite poor weather.

“Everybody is disappointed, but no-one wants to help....we desperately need people to come forward,” said Audrey, adding that by now they would have been booking stalls and planning this year’s event.

Besides a chairperson, people are needed to advertise the market, organise a leaflet drop in the village and help marshall it on the day.

If anyone can help - and bring about an eleventh hour reprieve - please contact Audrey on 01254 820132 or Alan on 01254 820458.