Street market brings a buzz to Brighouse

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SHOPPERS got up early and beat the rain to ensure that Brighouse’s Totally Locally street market was an outstanding success.

Hundreds of people ignored the predictions of bad weather and turned out in force to support the market.

One of the organisers, Steven Lord, said: “Brighouse used to be deserted on a Saturday morning. Now there is a real buzz about the town and I’m convinced it is due to the success of the street markets.

“Though the rain arrived in the afternoon, the town centre was absolutely packed from 10am when the stalls started selling.”

Corinne Kietly, who runs a stall selling home-made sushi, said: “I always do really well at the Totally Locally market in Brighouse. This is the third one I’ve done and I’ve brought extra supplies this time to cope with demand. Even so I think I’m going to sell out.”

There was entertainment from Vegas Elvis, the Flashbacks, a Glenn Miller tribute band, Kirklees Music Band and Brighouse Star Twirlers.

Lesley Adams, chairman of Brighouse Business Initiative, said: “We had a number of new stalls this year and the reputation of the street market has now spread far beyond Calderdale.

“We now have a waiting list for stalls on our next market - the Christmas market on November 24.

“People came early and made the most of the sunshine in the morning. A couple of stalls had completely sold out by lunchtime.”

New stalls at Saturday’s market included Red Berry fruit liqueurs from Harrogate and The Porkery from Southowram. There were a wide range of food stalls, steam train rides and fairground rides for children.

Totally Locally is the innovative shop local campaign and since its launch in October 2009 it has helped to change shopping habits considerably. There have now been five Totally Locally street markets in Brighouse and all of them have been well-supported.

Lesley said: “Visiting the Brighouse market has become a great family day out. People really seem to appreciate the fact that they can come here, browse round the stalls and buy a whole range of different products.”