Chocs away for Totally Local market

Brighouse street market. Pictured are Kate Turner, 6, Amelia Lester, 7, and Harriet Lester, 3.
Brighouse street market. Pictured are Kate Turner, 6, Amelia Lester, 7, and Harriet Lester, 3.

People were enjoying the hustle and bustle at the Brighouse Totally Locally Summer Market.

Thousands of people turned out to take in more than 80 stalls full of locally produced food and crafts.

Brighouse street market. Pictured is Carl Egan

Brighouse street market. Pictured is Carl Egan

The event was organised by the Brighouse Business Initiative (BBI) and was the biggest market to date expanding into King Street and Bradford Road.

Chair of the group Lesley Adams said it went fantastically well. “It was packed which is what we want and there seemed to be more visitors coming from further afield.

“Everybody was very pleased and asking if they could be put down ready for next year.”

She said people liked the new set up which gave them more room to move about. “We have had comments from people in the past that sometimes it just gets that busy they can’t move so we decided to spread it out a bit so people could move around and so they could see what was going on,” she said.

Brighouse street market. Pictured are Hannah Cordon and Anne Bell

Brighouse street market. Pictured are Hannah Cordon and Anne Bell

There was entertainment provided by local band Avenue which proved to be a big hit and Vegas Elvis and Ziggy’s Sawdust. There was dancing in the streets by Ciara D’arcy Academy of Irish Dancing.

And despite a power cut on one side of Commercial Street and part of Bethel Street the show still went on.

“We would like to thank everyone for supporting us and to everyone that got involved and helped set up on the day,” said Lesley. “Some of us were there from 6.30am setting up and still there at 6.30pm clearing up. But it is worthwhile. We see an up trend in shoppers for the three or four weeks after a market which is fantastic. Everyone was having a great time and stallholders are eager to know when the next one is.”

The next big market will be the Victorian Christmas Festival which will take place on Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1.

At a lose end tonight? Why not go and see a movie at Brighouse Civic Hall in Bradford Road. The movie, Star Trek into Darkness starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm and tickets can be bought on the door.