OOH la la — a bit of entente cordiale is coming to Fleet on Sunday when the first Le French Market will be trading in the town.

“We are delighted that Le French Market has agreed to visit Fleet,” said town centre manager Sue Collen.

A total of 24 genuine French traders will offer a continental shopping experience, including a selection of cheeses, terracotta ware and basketwork.

There will also be the opportunity for shoppers to win a French hamper.

The town will be offering a total shopping experience over the bank holiday weekend.

On Saturday there will be the usual Saturday market, on Sunday there will be Le French Market and on Monday the popular Farmers’ Market will return to Gurkha Square.

The Harlington Centre will also provide a bouncy castle, the coffee shop will be open and craft stalls are planned.

Many traders are also planning to open.

Sharyn Wheale, Hart Council’s cabinet member for Fleet, Molly Ebdon, chairwoman of the Fleet Carnival Association, and Colin Gray, of the Fleet and Crookham Civic Society, also celebrated the arrival of the market by wearing French costumes donated by the Giggles fancy dress shop in Fleet.

Meanwhile, the first Fleet Retailers Forum to discuss future events will be held on June 2 at 5.30pm in The Prince Arthur pub in Fleet Road, Fleet.

One event already on the agenda is Fleet’s Christmas festivities.

Plans are underway for a Christmas extravaganza on November 26.

Hampshire Farmers’ Market will fill Fleet Road and the Fleet Carnival Association has agreed to provide entertainment in Gurkha Square.

Charities, voluntary organisations, Morris dancers, bands, choirs and entertainers are invited to join in the fun.

Sue Collen added: “Many more events are planned for the future.

“I am always looking for new ideas so just pick up the phone and tell me about them.”

Sue can be contacted on 01252 613475.

Retailers forums will also take place in the Prince Arthur on July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3 and December 1.