Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Last Chance to See Mumcular Street Market
Throughout all the changes, the one steady regular has been the Sunday street market. It starts early and is finished by lunchtime. It's crowded and haphazard and you are likely to trip over a misplaced tent pole or a chicken on a bid for freedom. Cars aren't meant to drive through it but many will try and chaos will reign for a few minutes. Occasionally, tourists turn up to enjoy the informality but most shoppers come from the surrounding villages. It hasn't changed in the 20 plus years that it's been my local market, but if you'd like to experience one of the few remaining street markets in this area you'd better move fast because there are only a few Sundays left.
The new covered market is scheduled to open in early March and the days of flapping sunshades and mismatched tables and chairs will be no more. The items on sale will be exactly the same but the fun will be gone.