A giant outdoor market that took over the entire town centre last year is set to become a permanent monthly fixture in the Frome calendar. Frome Town Council has revealed ambitious plans to make the 2013 Frome Super Market a regular monthly event – taking place on the first Sunday of the month, between June and Christmas
The success of the new Sunday Frome Super Markets means there will be more and even better to come in 2013, according to the town council. These large town centre street markets will resume around Easter time – dates and times are still to be finalised and published.
A campaign group from Frome, Somerset has launched a day of information and ideas sharing on anti supermarket campaigning. The event is the first of its kind and has attracted support and speakers from across the UK.
The Keep Frome Local campaign group aims to use the occasion to kick start a national network, to connect similar groups nationwide also undertaking the arduous challenge of battling supermarket planning bids.
THE new monthly ‘Frome Super Market’ is back on Sunday and organisers are hoping thousands of shoppers will turn out to support local traders. The town centre will once again be closed off with the high street being transformed into an open-air shopping spectacle, made up of more than 150 independent traders.
Frome, the market town on the edge of the Mendip Hills is no stranger to doing things differently. It was recently described in The Guardian as providing “proof that local people power can get things done” and having “important lessons for other councils”. Frome’s new monthly Super Market is one such initiative: the whole town becomes a market.
This weekend Frome will be the focus of a story in The Guardian on communities trying to stop supermarket takeovers. The town will feature alongside others working to protect their retail independence.