EVERYTHING is ready in Romsey for the return of a French Market.

Following the success of last year, the French Food Market and a French Brocante will return to the market town on March 31.

The event will take place around the Cornmarket and the Town Hall from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Road closures will be in place and residents will have the opportunity to rummage through several stalls and enjoy traditional French food such as cheese, bread and crepes.

French traders will hold stalls offering an array of products which will also include vegetable, clothes and antiques.

More than 40 UK-based traders will be joining their French colleagues and will take part in the event.

Romsey retailers also will be joining the fun with French-themed special offers for the day.

Town centre manager Mark Edgerley said: “The France at Home traders, from Brittany, are pleased to be returning to Romsey as it was one of the highlights of their 2018 UK Tour, they bring traditional street food, traditional stalls will trade breads, charcuterie, cheese and other goods. The market will be supported by local brocante traders representing a typical French Flea Market."

Mr Edgerley said throughout Sunday The Hundred will be closed to all traffic from the Market Place to Latimer Street.

Traffic in Church Street (from Portersbridge Street into Market Place) will be restricted to those wishing to access the Abbey via the URC arch.

"We ask drivers to ensure Church Street and Bell Street are kept clear for emergency access," Mr Edgerley added.

The French Food Market will be the first of a series of events in the town centre organised by Romsey Town Council for this year.