BRIGHOUSE’S Totally Locally street market returned by popular demand on Saturday - and thousands of shoppers flocked to snap up a bargain.
The first event in May was such a success that, almost immediately, organisers started planning for the second one.
All the original traders returned for second helpings and a selection of new stalls was added as the market burst out of Commercial Street and into Park Street.
Organiser Lesley Adams, of Simply Flowers, said she was delighted by the response to the market. “One elderly lady summed it up for me - she had come over on the bus from Bradford after reading about the event and was very impressed, not only with the market, but with Brighouse town centre as a whole. She said she would be coming back again - and that’s what it’s all about.”
Vegas Elvis entertained the crowds with two sets and dancers from Studio One also performed. Brighouse Rest Centre in Park Row did a roaring trade serving teas and coffees all day.
“We learned lessons from last time and tried to make the market even better. For example the traffic signs were a lot clearer this year and we had none of the problems we experienced in May.
“We wanted to raise the profile of Brighouse and show people what a nice shopping centre it has.”
Forty stalls sold a wide variety of food, drink, produce and crafts, all sourced from around Brighouse.
Taking part were Totally Locally award winners Czerwik’s as well as Lottie Shaw’s Yorkshire Parkin, Villa Farm Shop, Fizzbomb cosmetics, the Mediterranean Deli and The Street Asian cuisine.
“Some traders brought four times as much stock as they had in May - and still almost sold out,” said Lesley. “One trader brought 160 pots of home-made jam and only had about three left by the end of the day.”
The next street market will be on November 26 and will coincide with Brighouse Christmas lights switch-on.
“I’ve already had a lot of interest from people asking if they can be involved in the next one,” said Lesley.
All money raised will go to Overgate Hospice and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, both local charities.