No Wednesday market for Berkhamsted this week due to high wind speeds

Berkhamsted's Wednesday market. The Smith family - during good weather.
Berkhamsted's Wednesday market. The Smith family - during good weather.
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Berkhamsted’s Wednesday market was nowhere to be seen yesterday after traders were told to stay away because of the terrible weather.

Managers Emy and Michael Smith are not covered by their liability insurance when wind speeds are faster than 40mph.

The pair feared someone could be injured if the market went ahead. Emy said: “We do not want gazebos blowing down the street.”

The wholesaler that supplies fruit and veg for the pair’s stall was flooded and forced to close by an electrical problem, adding to their frustration.

Emy said: “My husband was absolutely fuming all day, because we do not like to let our customers down - they come to us no matter what the weather.”

But she said all of the Berkhamsted stallholders will return next week - provided the weather improves.

The market opened in September 2012 to help traders who could not find space for their stall at the town’s busy Saturday market.

Emy said: “The market is as strong as ever. It has gone from strength to strength.”

Town warden John Bushby said a lot of people came into his office at Berkhamsted Civic Centre yesterday to ask what had happened to the market.