THE opening of three Great Malvern indoor markets held over the weekend were a “roaring success with large numbers of people visiting each one.

Polly Reehal, market organiser, said: We ran three markets over the weekend – traditional markets with fruit and veg, bread etc on Friday and Saturday and Malvern’s first ever indoor car boot sale on Sunday.

“The weekend was a roaring success with large numbers visiting every market, the support from traders and public alike was tremendous”.

“On Friday we counted 178 people coming through the doors.”

Jim Lonsdale from Lonsdale Produce Ltd reported he “Sold more fruit and veg than he ever expected and had to go back to his growers on Friday night to get more produce for the Saturday market”.

Volunteer Mo Cossali-Francis, couldn’t keep up with the demand for free tea and coffee at one point on Friday and she had a queue stretching outside the door.

Sunday’s car boot sale was also a great success with some traders selling out by lunchtime.

Ms Reehal said: “All the markets will be repeated next weekend, and we are building more stalls so there will be increased opportunity for more traders – so if anyone would like a stall, please call me on 07932 980397.”

She also said that on Thursday, April 11 should be a day for all mothers to put in their diaries because, as well as all the other markets, it will mark the launch of the Malvern Mothers Indoor Market.

The Malvern Mothers Indoor Market will be a bring-and-buy sale for mums to buy and sell children’s clothes and toys that are unwanted, yet good enough to sell on. Stalls will be provided at £10 each, which will make selling affordable.

She said: “So, start collecting your unwanted or out-grownclothes and toys together; perhaps even link up with a friend to book a joint stall for the day?”

The Great Malvern Indoor Market and Community Hub is at 32a Belle Vue Terrace, opposite the pedestrian crossing between Lloyds Bank and Malvern Goldsmiths – on Friday and Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.

The opening market project has been funded by the Bluebell Inn.