A GROUP of market stallholders who make their own goods at home bid a sad farewell as they moved from their home of thirty years.
Members of Ruthin's country market, which was originally founded by the Women’s Institute 30 years ago, have left the town's market hall.
The Country Market has found a new home in th English Presbyterian Church hall on Wynnstay Road.
The market will trade in the hall from June 13 and will have improved facilities.
Chairwoman of Ruthin Country Market, Jackie Howe said: “We will be welcoming our customers old and new with refreshments. It will be a chance for the town to celebrate a reborn market. It is a sad day to be leaving Ruthin market hall but we’re going to grasp this opportunity to have a first class new marketin a warm and welcoming environment and it will be onwards and upwards from here.
“We’re relieved and delighted to move to our new home at the English Presbyterian Church hall on Wynnstay Road. We will have improved facilities which means that we will be able to serve refreshment as well.
“Everything here is homemade and homegrown so we don't want to amalgamate with the weekly market.”
Ruthin Counry Market treasurer, Hazel Thackery, said: “We have had a great 32 years and would like to thank our customers and we look forward to seeing them in our new home.”
The building is owned by Grosvenor Facilities Services, which also owns the town and county halls.
Last month, stallholders received a written notice to say that the market would be open on Fridays.
The stallholders were offered the chance merge with the privately run market.
Sue Shaw, who is the manager of the market that runs in the hall during the rest of the week, put the notice up.
She said: “The idea is to make a bigger market on Fridays and a better market for the town by hopefully combining the two markets.”
Tim Parry, who runs the Mug In Welsh coffee roaster in the Country Market, said: “The market has been trading here in the middle of town for thirty years obviously it has been here a very long time but I’ve been here a couple of months.
“It’s a good group of people here, eeveryone is very friendly and we get a lot of repeat customers.
“It is a big cocern that if we are in a different venue whether people will know where we are. SInce coming here we have had a really good response.”