The City Council are renovating the market place (and it definitely needs sprucing up) by demolishing the existing one at the start of September. Unfortunately their suggestions for a temporary, alternative location for the Flea weren't affordable or suitable - I would've had to hire outdoor market stalls myself rather than them be provided as before, plus single market stalls aren't any good for my vintage clothing and furniture sellers, who make up over half of my traders.
By the sounds of it, once finished the new market place will be made up of single stall spaces, rather than the handy market roof we used to have, so again no good for vintage or furniture stalls or anyone who wants more than a single table top formation.
The doubly unfortunate element to this was that I only found out the market place was closing when it was publicly announced about a week before the August Flea, so I hadn't been kept in the loop at all about the plans.
The refurb had been touted for the start of 2014 so having heard no more, assumed the renovations had been shelved. If I had been kept up to date, then it may have been possible to have made other arrangements given enough notice. My annual insurance also happened to run out the day after the August Flea and without a suitable alternative venue (or full details about the new market) I haven't been able to renew the insurance without the prospect of a years worth of events ahead. This basically means no more vintage event organising for me, as I'm now uninsured and it's far too expensive to pay for insurance per event if you want to keep stall hire nice and affordable for traders, as I did.
So The Worcester Flea has come to a natural end of sorts, as every other possibility has been a dead end. It's been a super frustrating time but on a positive note, it was nice that the last ever flea was a lovely warm, sunny day, with lots of stalls and lots of visitors. So we definitely went out on a high note!
There's loads more photos from the day (and an archive of the past three years!) in the Facebook album HERE.
I've met some lovely people through doing the Flea for three years and had some good times on the market, thanks to everyone who supported our little monthly vintage event over the years!
So all change and onto pastures new, just not 100% sure what or where that is yet! I'm embracing the chance of a complete change though but it's a bit weird not having any new events in the pipeline after five years of events organising. After all the initial hoo-ha of the Flea ending, I've actually now been appreciating the feeling for once of not having an unending list of jobs to do, plus not having to worry about all the things that were out of my control like the weather!