Salisbury City Council has decided to close the Charter Market on Saturday, June 29.

A press statement said: “Salisbury is hosting this year’s National Armed Forces Day celebration and a military parade is planned for the city centre which will pass close to the Market Square. Working closely with Wiltshire Council to support this momentous occasion, it became clear that the combination of road closures, logistics of the event and the scale of the security surrounding the parade would mean that the Charter Market could not be held. Traders would be unable to enter the city to set up their stalls and the security measures required would prohibit normal trading.”

To help Charter Market traders get the most from the additional footfall brought to the city by the event,  the council offered them an alternative day, Sunday, June 30,  and traders could have stands at celebrations on Hudson’s Field, two miles from the city centre.

Council leader Jeremy Nettle has said: “We have spoken to traders about this operational decision and will be seeking to work closely with them.”

During the weekend, more than 250,000 are expected to join the celebrations.

Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “The military parade on Saturday morning, which is Armed Forces Day nationally, will be a wonderful spectacle bringing thousands of people into the city centre. We will be encouraging those visitors to enjoy all that Salisbury has to offer while they are in the city on Saturday and over the weekend.

“We appreciate the parade does impact on the Charter Market. We thank Salisbury City Council and the Charter Market traders for their valued support for this very special weekend.

“Information about the roads that will be closed for the parade will be available shortly.”

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