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Trial run for market move is declared a major success

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

Station Street outdoor market

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‘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.

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.

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“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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  • Burton Mail  |  November 14 2012, 10:55PM

    Declared a major success by.. one person? Let's be honest, people who 'work' in the arts are generally a little detached from the real world. He would be enthusiastic about this; after all, the Market Hall stands to be commandeered for yet another arts venue to add to the rip-roaring success of the packed-out Brewhouse and thriving former Robins cinema. When the novelty wears off and the Market Place is yet another car park to add to the 33 acres or so already consecrated to tarmac, how well will the stalls do then? And how much was the pitch fee, anyway?

  • Burton Mail  |  November 13 2012, 7:03PM

    They are outdoor market traders. What protection do they need?

  • Burton Mail  |  November 13 2012, 9:42AM

    The craft fair may have been a sucess, especially as it is a first, however, the set up for our regular market is very much in question. I would like to ask the organisers exactly how the regular traders are going to display their wares in the new stands, plus, where is the protection from adverse weather conditions for the traders? Whatch this space