08:00 Tuesday 13 November 2012

Trial run for market move is declared a major success

Written byROB SMYTH

‘IT was like a sprinkle of Covent Garden had come to Burton’ were the words used to described an arts and crafts fair used as a ‘test run’ for the town’s new outdoor market.

Station Street outdoor market
Station Street outdoor market

The controversial decision to move market stalls to Station Street were described as an ‘unmitigated success’ after hundreds of people descended on the event on Saturday to get a glimpse of what the new look operation will look like.

Ahead of the outdoor market’s move on Thursday, November 22, the PINT Contemporary Arts Festival event allowed people to see how the new set-up will work. The event was such a success that stallholders made their pitch fee back within 40 minutes and many sold out of all their stock within hours of opening.

Festival founder, Burton artist Alistair Kennedy, told the Mail: “It was brilliant day with a great atmosphere.

“Everyone was very receptive, many pleasantly surprised with what they saw and I heard no negative reaction to the craft fair or the stalls in general.

“All the stallholders had earned their pitch fee back within 40 minutes of opening and several sold out of their items.

“It was an unbelievable success and one stallholder said that it was the best day of business that she had ever had.

“The setting up began at around 5am and in the end took around four-and-ahalf hours to complete. But this was the first time that it had been done and therefore we were more than happy with how it went.

“We were continually asked if we were staging another craft fair and we would love to but will have to discuss the matter further with the council.

“People love the crafts and food on offer and said it was something very different.

“There was a great buzz about the place and can only bode well for the future of the market when it moves.”

There were 28 stalls in total offering a wide range of products including handmade jewellery, crafts and even homemade chutney.

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