‘Stunning’ Harleston vintage market draws 6,000 visitors

Harleston Antiques and Vintage Street Market.
Harleston Antiques and Vintage Street Market.

The Harleston Antiques and Vintage Street Market cemented itself as one of the town’s top annual events after garnering an enormous reception for the second year running.

Around 6,000 people filled the town centre as more than 70 local traders set up stalls to sell their vintage wares, creating one of the biggest weekends of the year for the area.

Norman Hart, chairman of organising group Harleston’s Future, said: “We had a really stunning day. The crowds kept coming, the weather held off, and there was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere in the town.”

Entertainment was provided throughout the day by the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band and the Dancing Day Trippers, which prepared the crowd well for the evening’s Street Party, featuring live music from the likes of the Harry Isaacs Presley Operation, Play and the Funk Soul Brothers.

Nicky Stainton, leader of the Harleston’s Future events team, added: “Expectations were so high following the surprise success of last year’s Street Market, and I wondered if we would be able to attract a similar crowd again.

“But I needn’t have worried. Every person I have spoken to has been very happy with the outcome. The traders did well, lots of people found very special buys, others just enjoyed the lovely buzz.”