ONE of the most famous markets in South West Wales is on the move after a property deal.
Clydach market has been a regular haunt for bargain hunters looking for everything from knickers to coal shovels for decades.
But now traders have been told that the venue on the village's Players Industrial Estate has been sold — and though the intentions of the new owners are unknown, the market will not be continuing after Christmas.
However, many of the stall holders and car boot sellers will be pitching up in Cwmdu in the new year after striking a deal with an indoor football centre.
A spokesman for Gregory Hardware, one of the traders in the market, said: "The site has been on the market for a while but the sale and the end of the market came out of the blue.
"We were hoping the new owners would want to continue running the market.
"The market has been in Clydach for decades and we've got a lot of loyal customers who have been shocked about the sale — but then we got a lifeline from the football centre."
He added that many of the traders were now moving to the new site at Pitchside Football in Cwmdu.
The Clydach market boasts dozens of stalls and car boot sellers every Wednesday and Sunday selling goods including meat, jewellery, shoes, underwear, fishing equipment, tools, nuts and bolts and traditional hardware items known as "swag".
The building — the former Rees and Kirby civil engineering site — was owned and operated by the Shropshire-based Town and Country Markets.
No one at the firm was available for comment at the time the Post went to press.
But in a letter from the company sent to the traders, it thanks them for their support over an "unsettling time", and says the market will continue to operate through the Christmas period.
Dean Hughes, from Pitchside Football, said he and his fellow directors Rob Frost and Steve Lorey had worked hard to make the move happen, and to host the twice-weekly markets which will start on January 6. He said: "We have been in talks with the traders, are we pleased to be able to offer a new venue here in Cwmdu."