A STREET market for Malvern, the first in its history, was the talk of the town 25 years ago, when the Gazette reported the plan had been approved.

It promised a 60-stall market on the old Back Lane car park, selling "mainly clothing and fruit and vegetables".

It was the brainchild of Stanley Nixon of Malvern, who operated similar ventures in Droitwich and elsewhere.

He proposed to level what was then a slope of waste land and use it for the market a day a week, and a car park the rest.

The day suggested was Saturday, but as everyone knows, the proposal became Malvern's long-standing Friday market.

So popular did it prove to be that there was considerable disquiet when the market was evicted from the site a few years ago to make way for the controversial Waitrose development.