First mar­ket a big success

Te Puke Times - - News / Community Directory - By PAT SAN­DERS

The morn­ing of Novem­ber 30 be­gan very bleakly. It had teemed overnight and was still rain­ing — not a great start to our first Maketu Twi­light Mar­ket.

But our hopes soared as the weather be­gan to im­prove from solid cloud mass to hints of blue sky and by 3pm the ven­dors be­gan ar­riv­ing to set up their stalls and gaze­bos, and the hun­gry crowds fol­lowed.

Maketu Mar­ket wel­comed so many new faces as well as our loyal stall hold­ers to the Vil­lage Green, from the de­li­cious food stalls rep­re­sent­ing many dif­fer­ent coun­tries to the in­ter­est­ing craft and bric-a-brac stalls and green and healthy plant and veg­etable stalls.

The kapa haka per­for­mance by the chil­dren from Maketu School was a real high­light of the evening and our thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion go to the school and teach­ers for mak­ing this ap­pear­ance pos­si­ble.

We were very blessed with the clear skies, as even though it was quite windy, we were spared the se­vere weather con­di­tions that im­pacted on so many other out­door events or­gan­ised for the week­end.

Thank you to all who par­tic­i­pated in mak­ing the Twi­light Mar­ket a most de­li­cious and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for the Maketu com­mu­nity and the sur­round­ing area and we wish you a very merry and safe Christ­mas.

Maketu ’s first twi­light mar­ket of the sum­mer.

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