First ‘Totally Local’ street market plan

FOOD, drink and crafts produced within a few miles of Brighouse will be at the heart of the town’s first Totally Locally street market this spring.

The event on Bank Holiday Saturday, April 30, will bring together farmers, food producers, artists and crafstmen in a celebration of the high quality range of goods available in the area.

Lesley Adams, chairperson of Brighouse Business Initiative, said: “We want to show what amazing things are available on the doorstep of our town. I am passionate about Brighouse and we want to open people’s eyes to what great shops and businesses there are in the town.”

Stalls selling organic vegetables, Asian cuisine, cheese and dairy products, bread and confectionery, plants and flowers, soaps and other products will be set up along Commercial Street.

Commercial Street from the junction of Market Street, Park Street, Park Row and West Park Street will be closed from 8am to 4pm on April 30 and traffic diversions will be in place.

“We have had to work very closely with Calderdale Council on the permissions for road closures. More than 60 shops in the town are behind the market because it will bring people into Brighouse who will browse round the stalls and go into local shops. We hope there will be something of a festival atmosphere because it will be the day after the royal wedding.”

Lesley said more and more people were interested in where their food came from and were keen to support local producers.

Chris Sands from the Totally Locally campaign said: “Totally Locally is all about making a very small change in people’s shopping habits which will have a huge impact on the local economy.

“Just making an effort to spend £5 per week in local shops instead of the supermarket or online would be enough to change our towns for good.

“If every adult in Calderdale did this tiny thing it would result in an extra £40 million going into the local economy.”