Regular readers will know that the primary aim of this newspaper is to foster community spirit in Hornsea. It is with great pleasure, therefore, that we are able to report on how a community within a community is being forged in the Market Place and demonstrating that making the effort to work together can reap many rewards.
Traders of the Market Place were united by the feeling that their part of the town was being neglected. The closure of the Vic added to this sensation of abandonment. They held their first meeting, at the New Inn, in January of this year to discuss how, collectively, they might be able to turn the situation around and increase footfall. The meetings have continued
on a monthly basis and a true feeling of solidarity is emerging, together with plenty of ideas for positive change.
The traders first considered how they might brighten the place up and make it more appealing. They have begun by making a joint order for a large number of hanging baskets which should see the street awash with flowers and colours by the summer. They also plan to decorate the roundabout and have approached the sailing club to see if they can acquire an old boat to touch up and decorate. Given that the roundabout is one of the first features that visitors to the town will see, it is felt that this would be a way of giving people a warm welcome and encouraging them to stay.
These decorations should be a perfect complement to the shops, several of which (Lovely Little Shop, Dave Allen, C’est Chic, The Clock Shop) have had major facelifts in recent times and are now a pleasure to behold in their own right. The Trawlerman and the Beach Hut have just celebrated their first anniversary, proving that it is possible for new businesses to survive and thrive there, and the newcomers, Turkish Delight, Blades and Classy Corner (opening in May) have added further colour and charm.
Meanwhile, some trades have withstood the test of time and continue to hold their own. The butchers is now in the capable hands of George Buckley, whilst Trains Beauty Salon which began life in 1947, has been passed down through the generations and is as popular as ever under the stewardship of Emma Saunt, granddaughter of founder Joan Train. Emma has been one of the prime instigators of the group together with Robert and Mandy Harvatt of the Trawlerman and the Clock Shop, and will be responsible for writing a regular Blog on the new website, www. hornseamarketplace.co.uk. which has been set up free of charge by Colin Bullard.
Just to show that it is not all about business, Emma recently held the latest of a series of clothes parties (Sarah Wain & Sue Medley have provided great support with their range of French clothing- Captain Tortue) with wine and nibbles at her Salon in March which raised over £200 for the Alzheimer Society. The Market Cross group also plan to give their backing to the Music Festival in June, the Carnival in July and the Bike Event in August and are on the look-out for musicians to perform on their premises. Any musicians in need of a venue are encouraged to contact Emma at Trains or email: ejsaunt@ gmail.com.
Another project in the pipeline but which still has many hurdles to overcome, is the return to its rightful home of a street market. Whatever the outcome, the important thing is that that a renewed sense of purpose and optimism has been achieved. Let’s hope that the momentum can be continued to let the good times roll once more in our Market Place.