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The idea for a covered market was formed Christmas 1982, prompted by the need for a musician and an artist to earn a living without compromising their art.  

 

Living at that time in Jaywick Sands, in a hut by the sea with no money to speak of they visited their friendly Midland bank manager who from being from ‘up north’ understood what a good idea it would be turn the former Clacton Dairies building into a Covered Market.  

 

The process of planning permission got under way to turn what had been a milk bottling plant into a retail outlet and arrangements were made to lease the property.  The virtually derelict milk bottling plant was in need of major repair, not knowing much about building or builders they decided to get help from their musician/artist friends.  Several months were taken up adapting the building for market traders.  

 

Inexperience caught them out one day rushing frantically with barrow loads of cement delivered by a cement lorry with the exiting words of the driver ‘you’ve got 1 hour before it starts to set mate’.  Three extremely large rectangular holes where the cafe is today had to be filled and only 3 men to shift all the cement by barrow from outside to in before it set.  They made it by the seat of their pants!  

 

Meanwhile Lesley was feeling very sick every morning and Martin was telling her to get a grip and not be so worried about the setting up of the market but they soon discovered their first child would be born at virtually the same time of the opening of the market.

 

The Thatcher years had caused so many people to become redundant that they were overwhelmed with the amount of people wanting to start their own business and so trading on the market forecourt started in August 1982 and the main market building opened in October 1982.

 

Many people have traded in the covered market, some have survived and others, either moved to bigger things or fallen by the wayside.  There are 3 generations from one family working on certain stalls in the market now and one lady on the haberdashery has had a stall there ever since the market started.

 

Running a market has been a learn as you go experience for Martin and Lesley, and some funny incidences have occurred, but now it has settled into a unique place for people to meet and for shopping.  The cafe supplies lovely homemade cakes and great all day English breakfasts and there are many interesting stalls for people to browse.

 

Lesley and Martin pride themselves that they give traders a chance with a low rent start up to build up their businesses and to become part of the market community and of course also the towns.

 

The rest of the Model Farm Dairies and Clacton Dairies buildings (14 High St) were bought from Lesley’s family in 1995 and an extra shop built behind 14 High St (which is now Cherezina’s.)  

 

The dairy and the High St shop had begun life with Lesley’s grandparents in 1926 so it was fitting that the buildings carried on with at least one member of the family still running a business there

 

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