The number of stalls at Aylesbury market is significantly reduced today (Monday) due to warnings from the Met Office for heavy rain and strong winds.
The Met Office issued the orange ‘be prepared’ warning for London and the south east, which remains valid until 9am on Christmas Eve.
Wind speeds of around 30mph, with gusts of up to 50mph are predicted for the town today.
Aylesbury town centre manager Diana Fawcett said that some stalls would be up and running.
She said: “We could have taken the decision to close the market completely but as it is one of the busiest shopping days of the year we were very reluctant to do that.
“We will instead be operating a severely reduced number of stalls with the traders operating from their vehicles.
“Shoppers can still expect to see the fruit, vegetable, meat and Italian food stalls.”
Mrs Fawcett said it was ‘particularly disappointing’ that the market was affected just two days before Christmas.
She said: “It is the last thing we want to have to do but we have to protect the public.
“Public safety has to come first and that is why we have had to make the decision.
“The last time we had to close stalls was December of last year again due to bad weather so it is not something we do lightly.”
Mrs Fawcett added normal service would be resumed on Christmas Eve.
She said: “We have taken the decision to operate as normal tomorrow.
“Although the forecast is for it to still be windy we are confident we can cope.
“It is a great relief that we should be able to operate as planned and that shoppers can get full access to all the stalls we have to offer.”