French invasion at Suffolk resort

A LITTLE piece of France will come to Felixstowe this weekend as residents and visitors get the chance to sample a continental market.The market is being staged in the seaside for two days - in two different venues.

A LITTLE piece of France will come to Felixstowe this weekend as residents and visitors get the chance to sample a continental market.

The market is being staged in the seaside for two days - in two different venues.

Tomorrow it will take place in the pedestrianised area of Hamilton Road, and then on Sunday will move to the seafront, on Pier Bight next to the leisure centre.

Both days it will be open from 9am to 5pm with free admission, and there will be a large variety of stalls including baguettes and croissants, cheese, charcuterie, olives, garlic, honey, biscuits, pancakes, terracotta ware, soaps, clothing and more.

It is the first time the market - which has already traded successfully in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds - has visited the resort.

Felixstowe Chamber of Trade and Commerce is organising the weekend and hopes it will be a huge success.

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If it goes well, it might be possible to bring it back at a different time of the year.

“Felixstowe already has a weekly market on a Sunday adjacent to Manning's Amusements. Other towns have proved that the delicious food, wonderful smells and festive atmosphere of the Marché de France are a perfect development of their town's market tradition,” said a chamber spokeswoman.

Traders in the town are being encouraged to enter into the spirit of the event and to decorate their shop windows on a French theme.

The windows will be judged at midday on Saturday with the winner receiving OMG and Ego shop vouchers, second a bottle of champagne and third a cream tea for two at Froffee Coffee.

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