Diss: a traditional market town which continues to flourish
PUBLISHED: 08:09 18 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:03 23 March 2018
Archant Norfolk 2018
Every Friday, a normally quiet South Norfolk market town is transformed into a hive of activity as traders and shoppers descend on the town for the weekly market.
There has been an established market in Diss for more than 500 years and a visit to the town on a Friday reveals that despite growing pressure from supermarkets and the Internet the town’s market continues to flourish.
Featuring everything from traditional market stalls selling fruit and veg to the more unusual such as a speciality donut stall.
Diss’s Friday Market attracts customers and traders from both Norfolk and Suffolk and offers not just a chance to pick up some fresh produce but is a key social occasion for many of the town’s residents.
Louise Berry, who works on Jonathan Irons Fruit and Veg stall which has been on the market for six years, explained why Diss’s market was a credit to the town; “I think Diss is what I would call a proper market town, it has life.
“The nicest part of Diss is there is a community here, people come out to see each other.”
Jeff Betts, the owner of Fab Fudge also praised the sense of community in Diss and amongst its market stall holders; “It’s a good bunch of people and I have made a few friends they’re all nice people, we have a nice laugh together.”
“The sun is always out whenever I come to Diss and it’s a nice place.”
Tony Fields, of Tony’s Discount Deli, who has been on the market for 40 years said he had seen the market change a lot over the years but that the continued success of the market was partly due to the support traders receive form the town council.
“A lot of traders have changed, yes it’s more difficult because of out of town shops.
“We have to work really hard to look after our customers, but Diss Town Council are really good to the traders, it’s very reasonable rent.
“Other markets have closed but this one keeps going and I think Diss does really well, it’s one of the better markets.”