Last goodbye to much-loved market

The Swan Market team at the final market
The Swan Market team at the final market

The Swan Market closed on Saturday after 59 years of bringing home-cooked and home-grown products to the people of Buckingham and the surrounding district.

The market was originally set up by Buckingham Women’s Institute as an opportunity for members to earn a little money from their own kitchens.

The market stall, in the open Saturday market in Buckingham town centre, expanded to include all of the produce from home production, including eggs, cakes, savoury products, jams and marmalades, not forgetting plants and vegetables.

The Buckingham Swan Market company was formed in 2008 from the Country Market and carried on with the aims of looking after our customers’ needs across the district.

Secretary John Riches said: “The Swan Market is run by volunteers and over the years we have recruited new members into the business.

“We are very sad to be saying goodbye to our friends, who happen to be customers as well.

“Ours has been a happy band of friends and good mates.

“We also know that some customers, who value the taste and goodness of home-produced goods, will still be able to telephone our cooks and ask for top-class products.

“Thank you to all of the customers and the Salvation Army for the use of their hall in the last six years.”