Continental market returns after five year break

Stall holder Mariusz Kiec from Kiec Garden Products at Desborough Continental Market.
Stall holder Mariusz Kiec from Kiec Garden Products at Desborough Continental Market.

A continental market has returned to a town centre for the first time in five years.

Desborough Town Centre Partnership hosted the market on Friday and today, Saturday, June 9, to encourage more shoppers into the town.

The event was slightly hit by the rain on Friday but today there was a steady stream of customers looking around the selection of stalls and some traders in the town kept their doors open beyond their normal closing time around lunchtime.

Town centre partnership secretary Pamela Goodman said: “The market did reasonably well on Friday until lunchtime when we were hit by rain and we’ve had a much better day today. There’s been a steady stream of people looking around the stalls and we’ve had a lot of support from traders in the town too who remained open for longer.”

One of the reasons the continental market has been absent from the town for a while is that the partnership had been successfully campaigning for plans to open a supermarket in the town centre to go ahead before plans to open one on its outskirts.

Mrs Goodman said: “Because of things like this our efforts have been taken up with other things.

“I started organising this market about a year ago because it takes that long to get something like this up and running.

“I would love to see it become an annual event if at all possible.”

The selection of stalls were selling a variety of goods, including French crepes, olives, stuffed vine leaves, nuts, cloves, cupcakes, sweets, bread, gardenu furniture and jewellery.