Market day to go ahead

The fate of the annual Mosgiel market day is secure, but whether it is held in the lead-up to Christmas has yet to be settled.

Mosgiel Business Association chairman Blair Arthur said at last week's annual meeting it was decided the association would continue to hold a market.

''There will be a market of some description to showcase Mosgiel at some time of year, but exactly when and where [is up for debate].

''We have just got to bite the bullet and try it one more time and just hope we get that good turnout,'' he said.

The decision came after some members had questioned whether the association should be holding a market, after last year's was badly affected by weather, with many vendors failing to turn up.

Mr Arthur said the decision on when to hold the market would likely be made at the group's committee meeting next month.

He was pleased members had chosen to keep a market and believed there would be some merits in holding it in March.

''That gives the retailers the chance to put their own tables out and get rid of their excess [Christmas] stock.''

A key determinant of whether the next market day would be successful would be whether it attracted ''good vendors'' and Mr Arthur was keen for new stallholders to get in touch once a date had been decided.

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