The French Market in Ringwood was a great success over the two days it was in town and was augmented by one or two English stalls for that added mix of items.

The next continental market to appear will be an Italian Market in June which will take place in the Gateway Square of Ringwood and is one that appeared last year as Ringwood Town Council tested people’s reactions.

Organiser Mandy Oldfield said ‘the market was very well organised by the traders and it was well attended by local residents who seem to enjoy the variety offered’.

The Town Council is being asked to consider a monthly market of this type throughout the year and will have a report presented to them at the next Full Council meeting.

Mayor of Ringwood Councillor Michael Thierry said ‘Ringwood folk certainly seem to appreciate these markets coming and I hope they will support the Italian market in June’.

Ringwood already has a weekly market which takes place on a Wednesday but the Town Council would like to see more support for that market and have been working to get more stalls holders involved.

With a number of large events planned this year staff at Ringwood Town Council have been securing sponsorship and grants to support some of these activities in partnership with local business.