Although there weren’t as many stalls as anticipated, Morley’s continental street market was enjoyed by town centre shoppers at the weekend.
It has become tradition that during the last weekend of Morley Literature Festival, Morley Chamber of Trade and Commerce hosts a local street market with the ultimate aim of driving a higher footfall into the town centre.
This year they worked with Traditional Market, who planned to deliver a large continental market, which would fill the town centre from Cucina to the town hall with bustling stalls selling all things European from Swiss cheeses to pashminas from Paris.
This year, the market was smaller than anticipated, yet Morley still came alive with local residents and visitors arriving to soak up the atmosphere and peruse the variety of stalls.
A vast array of delicacies was available including olives, baklava, crepes and paella.
Rachael Kennedy, Morley town events manager, said: “A wet weekend in October wouldn’t normally attract big crowds to Queen Street but this was an exception, with local shops reporting higher than average sales, new customers and a certain buzz about the town, despite the rain.
“The sound of Oompah music accompanied this new market as the band entertained the visitors with traditional German melodies.
“One saving grace is that it all came free of charge and Morley welcomed this continental market with open arms, but perhaps next time, we need to make sure we work with a different organisation who deliver as promised with more stalls to fill the town centre.”