Market forces suggest that it will be back

Totally Locally event in Brighouse town Centre.'The crowds on Commercial Street are entertained by dancers.
Totally Locally event in Brighouse town Centre.'The crowds on Commercial Street are entertained by dancers.

THE success of Brighouse’ first street market has prompted the organisers to set a date for the next one - Saturday, July 30.

And Brighouse Business Initiative is also making plans for a Christmas market at the end of November to coincide with the Christmas lights switch-on.

Brighouse town centre was packed on Saturday, April 30 when traders took over stalls in Commercial Street to sell a wide range of produce from the local area, including breads and cakes, cheeses, teas and coffees, crafts and toys.

Lesley Adams, chairman of BBI, said: “We were thrilled by the success of the first Totally Locally market. Stalls were running out of things to sell by lunchtime and traders and shoppers were asking when the next one was going to be. It was a lot of hard work but everything’s in place now and organising the next one should be easier.

“The feedback from traders and stall-holders has been very positive. It’s all about promoting the town where we live and encouraging people to use our local shops.”

Chris Sands from the Totally Locally campaign said: “Just making a small change in shopping habits can make a huge impact on the local economy.”

The market brought together food and drink producers, farm shops, craftsmen and specialists from within a 30-mile radius of Brighouse. Polish dance group Mlody Mazur provided entertainment and local shops offered discounts and special deals on the day.

Lesley said: “The market seemed to attract not just Brighouse people but also visitors from the wider area. Brighouse has obviously been crying out for an event like this.”