SEPAC - Traditional Markets
This colourful set of stamps created for the latest SEPAC issue celebrates Guernsey’s vibrant markets which continue to draw the crowds and visiting traders as shown on the 56p stamp. French traders travel to Guernsey several times a year to sell their wares at the Normandie Market on North Beach.
It’s like stepping back in time for visitors to Lé Viaër Marchi or old market in Saumarez Park, featured on the 87p stamp who can expect to see spinners, woodworkers, lacemakers, willow whittlers and skep makers in action, dressed in traditional garb and showcasing how Guernsey men and women used to live.
The thriving fish market, depicted on the £2.42 stamp was an important part of the island’s history where fishermen would bring their silver-skinned catch of the day to sell to locals and visitors alike.
Market Square is the location for the island’s Fresh Friday Market, depicted on the £3.85p stamp. Guernsey has an abundance of local produce and the Fresh Friday Market is a very palatable experience for any foodie with local traders setting up shop to sell fresh produce, street food and arts and crafts.
Today Market Square continues to be a lively hub where islanders and visitors can congregate and the vibe of Guernsey’s rich market heritage lives on!