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.
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.
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 .