Sun sets on Top of Town's long-running Sunset Markets
A LONG-RUNNING Ipswich market will operate for the last time today, leading calls for an effort to co-ordinate and promote market events across the city.
The driving force behind the Top of Town Sunset Markets Janette Adams has decided to end her involvement organising the weekly markets three years after making her idea a reality.
The markets were created to bring new shoppers to the Top of Town district and create Friday evening trade for retailers, attracting between 300 and 1000 people to the CBD.
Chamber of Commerce president Anita Dwyer said markets add value to retailers but a concerted effort to promote the Ipswich markets as a package was needed.
"Anything that brings business and activity around the CBD and I would like to see some kind of concerted marketing for all of those events," she said.
Ms Adams said organising the four-hour event was a seven-day-a-week job.
"Numbers have been falling but trade has still been good," she said.
"Infrastructure has been an issue for us. Like everything, we could have gone on for another three or four years, good years."
Top of Town retailer Naomi George, who owns Province Modern Country, said the markets had a positive impact drawing foot traffic to the CBD.
The Sunset Markets will run for the last time this afternoon, 3-7pm in d'Arcy Doyle Place.