AN antiques advocate has been given an prestigious award for her help running Manningtree’s Vintage and Collectables Market.
Mel Winning was handed Manningtree Town Council’s community engagement awarded at a ceremony on Thursday night.
The artist, who moved to the town five years ago from London, has called the vintage market her “labour of love” and a “joyous experience” to be part of.
The market, which sells a host of hidden gems and second hand wonders, was set up in the town centre two years ago to run on the last Saturday of the summer months.
Mel said she was amazed at the fantastic selection of antiques and collectables in Essex when she moved from London.
She said: “For me it was an exciting feast of car boots and vintage fairs as part of my artwork is foraging for items to make art lamps, which frequently involves rescuing broken and abandoned mannequins.
“Having got to know some of the local dealers and being part of Manningtree Business Chamber I felt a vintage and collectables market would help bring in more visitors and spread the word that Manningtree is a unique, ancient and beautiful little town.”
Manningtree now has a permanent antique and collectables centre called The Manningtree Emporium when the market is not running.
Mel added: “It’s been hard work and a labour of love, but a joyous experience to see people loving the spectacle of a brocante style street market with lots of fantastic traders, chatting away, enjoying making connections and bringing life to the town.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and the Manningtree Vintage and Collectables Market.”
The first market of the year will start on Saturday, May 4 in South Street.
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