Celebrating 100 years of the Country Market. From left, Daphne Everitt, Sue Sampson, Pat Theobald and Mo Eeles. Picture: Matthew Usher

A special centenary rose was planted at Downham Market railway station to mark 100 years of the town’s Country Market.

First established by the Women’s Institute in 1919, Country Markets is a co-operative social enterprise that enables members to sell their home made and hand-crafted produce to the public under the Country Markets label.

Downham’s Country Market began as the Women’s Institute  Market in 1978, trading weekly from the Market Square outside the town hall. 

It is now held on the first Saturday of the month at Discover Downham in Priory Road from 9.30am to noon.

Secretary Mo Eeles said: “We have baking, preserves, plants, honey and crafts including knitting, sewing, jewellery and hand-made cards. 

“It’s a coffee morning with an added market and we offer refreshments.”

Members of Downham Market WI’s gardening group  and the Country Market planted the centenary rose at the bed at the station which the WI maintains.

Anyone interested in selling at Downham Market Country Market can contact 01366 382586.

For more information about Country Markets, go to the website: www.country-markets.co.uk