Friday, 19 April 2019

Festive market snub

A REQUEST by the Market Square Group to stage a Christmas market in the town in November has been rejected by the town council.

The company held a similar event last year and in 2017 but these attracted complaints about the limited selection of stalls and goods and a lack of atmosphere.

Councillor Kellie Hinton said she had visited last year’s market and was verbally abused by a woman who had overheard her criticising it while talking to a member of her family.

She said: “I said, ‘it’s not as Christmassy as I’d have liked’ and this random woman came out and started having a go despite the fact that it was a private conversation. She was very aggressive.

“I don’t support this because we could do something much better ourselves. We have lots of wonderful craftspeople and don’t need a market that brings nothing to Henley.”

Councillor Sam Evans said: “Everyone I spoke to said it was an embarrassment. We’d only need a small group to investigate best practice by looking at other towns.”

Cllr Hillier said: “I agree with you — Henley deserves better.”

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