If music be the food of love, why isn’t there any at our Friday street market?

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June 9, 2014 by Whispering Smith

Whispering Smith Column published in the Littlehampton Gazette on May 29th. 2014

THE FRIDAY town market needs a bit of a lift. I have refrained in the past from mentioning it not wanting to put off prospective stall holders but it is clear that something needs to be done if it is to thrive and I suggest some form of street entertainment may well be the answer. Mid-week you are likely to find a violinist playing such sweet music that people actually stop and listen and, on another day perhaps the mournful sound of lone trumpet playingTom Parfitt’s rendition of a soulful and haunting Danny Boy. Both violinist and horn player gather a respectful and admiring audience. The monthly Special Little Things Arts and Crafts Market at the back of the Silk Road restaurant also comes alive with music from a country duo or group – incidentally the next one there is this Saturday, withmusic provided by The Bamboo Band. Music and sunshine seems to bring out the best in people and while we can do little about the sunshine the enthusiasm of the entertainers is quite catching. Other south coastal towns support a thriving weekly market place so why not Littlehampton?

IT TAKES a great deal of nerve to start a new business at any time of the day, but in the here and  now, in these cash-strapped, troublesome times, and on Pier Road of all places, it takes a very real raw nerve. Well that is something Kay Presgate has in spades and she has opened The Moorings Tearooms at the town end of the cluttered Pier Road and, in spite of the continuing anti-flood workswhich now will not be completed before November, she is quite confident of success. A real traditional English tearoom atmosphere bright and homely with a touch of the moderns. A fine selection of teas – real leaves not tea bags – offered with a selection of coffee, cakes and simple wholesome food. The Moorings, as with all businesses along Pier Road, needs your support so, see you there, enjoy the experience…

Just a reminder that the Top Hat and Clifton Café reunion is on Friday evening from 8.00 pm at Wetherspoons in Surrey Street. So all you old and not so old Top Hatters, be there or be square… Square? I cannot believe I just said that!

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