The planned street market for Gillingham’s High Street today, 11 October, has been cancelled.
In a statement the organisers, the Anonymous Travelling Market, said on their Facebook page earlier today: ‘ Unfortunately the trailer carrying all the kit required to close High Street had a burst tyre at 5:30 this morning 8m West of Shaftesbury & awaiting recovery. Without this kit we have had to cancel this event.
‘ATM Events would like to apologise to the people of Gillingham Dorset – we were really looking forwards to this event.’
The new monthly Sunday street market had been due to be launched on Sunday 11 October amid hopes it would give the town centre a boost.
Councillor Mike Gould, who is part of the Town Team group that has helped arrange the White Hart Market, told councillors recently: ‘I’m hopeful that this activity will be successful and will capitalise on its success by bringing other traders to the town and bringing life back into the High Street, which is sadly missing at the moment.’
The last-minute cancellation will thus come as a blow to the Town Team as well as the stallholders and public.
Maypr Barry Von Clemens said: ‘Obviously everyone has been looking forward to a market returning to our town and I along with everyone else was disappointed it had to be cancelled. But we look forward to its next planned visit in December so please everyone, despite your disappointment this month, do turn out and support the market in December.’
The organisers are holding a Christmas Market in the town on Saturday 12 December.