The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

It must be a year or more since the Al­bert Street Mar­ket was in dan­ger of hav­ing to move as the space that housed the stalls was about to be sold.

In the event the mar­ket stayed put. I am­sure that I am­not the only one who heaved a sigh of re­lief when that be­came clear. That small piece of our city reg­u­larly pro­vides a snap­shot of the cul­tural and eth­nic di­ver­sity of our pop­u­la­tion. This be­comes very ap­par­ent when the mar­ket is in full swing. The ca­coph­ony of dif­fer­ent lan­guages fills the air.

Fam­i­lies do­ing their shop­ping abound. Mums, dads, with their chil­dren, some ba­bies in push chairs, grand­mas and pas There are those in their na­tional dress who make a colour­ful dis­play of the eth­nic di­ver­sity of the shop­pers.

With­out the stalls there would be no mar­ket. The stalls abound with fruit and veg­eta­bles with prices vary­ing for the same prod­uct. home­made ru­ral bread, Maori breads, honey, and mar­malade, and the like, all dis­played to lure the mar­keters. The voices of those who bar­gain loudly can be heard if not un­der­stood.

Buskers both young and old en­ter­tain the shop­pers.

David who reg­u­larly sells fire­wood at the mar­ket told me there are three dis­tinct groups who come to the mar­ket reg­u­larly. The early ris­ers from 7am, the late sleep­ers from around 10am, last but not least the stu­dents who need their sleep.

All in all the Al­bert Street mar­ket is a boon to our city and an en­joy­able way to shop. Don Robertson, Palmer­ston North

The pop­u­lar Satur­day morn­ing Al­bert St mar­ket.

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