Market white marquee

We miss the big white marquee with all it's tasty bargains. Hopefully it will return once more?

Rye News recently reported on the gaps in the market as it was clear that activity levels had reduced significantly recently. One obvious reason was the recent weather and the seasonally quiet time of year as many traders take advantage of this window to take their hard earned holidays without compromising their businesses. Another reason for the lack of activity was the resurfacing of the station car park which affected parking for a few days, deterring the usual fleet of visiting coaches.

Discounted chocolates were a firm favourite each week

We are told that the white marquee, which is normally situated on the right, just inside the entrance to the market, is owned by Vince Tyler of Tylers Discount Store Ltd who opened a shop in Burnham on Crouch last summer selling fresh produce, groceries and household goods. Rye News has tried to contact him to confirm the connection and to see what his plans are for returning to Rye market but to date we have not had a response.

Following publication of an earlier article it was suggested that the farmers market could be incorporated into the Thursday market, it seems there is room for both however another view is that if the market continues to decrease in size the car park (or at least some of it) could well be utilised for parking on Thursdays particularly when the parking changes eventually come into effect.

Hopefully with the combination of the station car park now able to accommodate visiting coaches once more, the better weather just around the corner and buyer confidence beginning to return, so too will the stallholders and customers. With a bit of luck normal service will soon be resumed once more.

Army ration packs were a familiar sight each week

Editor’s note: Since publishing this article we have heard from Vince Tyler who has given Rye News the following statement,

“Thanks for all of your custom over the years. Unfortunately we won’t be able to come back. Now that we have taken on a shop. The intention was to carry on Rye’s market but it has just been logistically impossible!! Sorry again and a big thanks”.

Image Credits: Library .


  1. Shame they won’t be returning – loved browsing their wares. Makes perfect sense to slot the farmers market into that spot – would improve image of market and give more footfall to the farmers …

  2. They shall be really missed
    It was the highlight of our market shopping never quite knowing what surprises they would have found
    Shame we had no chance to say good bye and thank you


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