Docking says vive la difference

NEW DOCKING MARKET                                           ' Market organiser Ian Dumphreys (left) chats to stall-holder Caroline Odd of Hunstanton's Cherry Tree Chocolates at the new market in Docking
NEW DOCKING MARKET ' Market organiser Ian Dumphreys (left) chats to stall-holder Caroline Odd of Hunstanton's Cherry Tree Chocolates at the new market in Docking
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A new local produce market at Docking has brought a touch of Europe to the village.

Organiser and village resident, Ian Dumphreys said: “People can’t believe how much we already have here.

“Some said it was like a French market.”

The new venture has already attracted a wide variety of produce and is now open each Wednesday in the Ripper Memorial Hall.

Mr Dumphreys believes the market is needed because of a lack of shopping outlets in the vicinity.

“Bircham Stores has just shut down and there is no shop in many of the surrounding villages such as Sedgeford, Syderstone, Stanhoe and Bircham Newton,” he said.

Suppliers come from a wide area including Boston, Cambridge, Attleborough, Hunstanton, Heacham, Fakenham, Colkirk and South Creake.

They provide an extensive range of essential daily items including fruit and vegetables, meat, wet fish and shellfish, artisan breads, jams, chutneys, coffee and savoury and sweet pies.

But the scope does not end there for also on sale is beer from Fox’s Brewery in Heacham and after-dinner chocolates and other treats from Hunstanton.

There is also a wide range of garden plants, hand-made pottery, hand-made anniversary cards and even a water-colour artist.

“The idea came to me because I’m fed-up with fast-grown supermarket foods that have no taste,” said Mr Dumphreys.

He said the cost of petrol made journeys to the nearest shopping centres more and more expensive.

“It’s 30-odd miles from here to Lynn, 16 miles to Hunstanton and 26 miles to Fakenham,” he said.

The market will also benefit hall funds.

Mr Dumphreys said: “Surplus cash goes to hall funds so the bigger the market gets the more the hall benefits.”