Haworth festive market is a hit at new venue

Paul Reynolds displays some of the jewellery boxes on his stall

Janet Hawkes, Charlotte Hawkes and Susan Ruff, of the Yorkshire Relics shop in Main Street, get in the Christmas spirit at the fair

First published in News

Dozens of stalls offered a wealth of festive season products and gifts for shoppers in Haworth Park.

Hundreds flocked to the village’s annual Christmas market, which enjoyed success at its new venue.

The Bradford Council event had previously taken place in Haworth Main Street, but was moved to the park following complaints about the nuisance and disruption it caused for people living in the street.

The move was criticised by some people who argued Main Street had been the best possible location for the annual attraction.

Despite the change in venue, last weekend’s event attracted plenty of visitors and locals, who came to sample the varied goods on offer.

Haworth bed and breakfast owner Mike Hutchinson said more than 60 stalls were there, selling items such as clothes, jewellery, cosmetics and food.

“It was very, very busy,” he said. “People were disappointed that it wasn’t in Main Street, and the park did get a bit churned up by the vehicles, but otherwise it went well.

“It was busier on the Sunday, probably because it was so beautiful and sunny. There was a great atmosphere.”

Mr Hutchinson added: “I’d been to the Christmas market in Sheffield too, but there were actually many more stalls at Haworth.”

Bradford Council declined to comment about the success of the new venue.

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9:47am Sun 25 Nov 12

Mixter says...

So folk were 'disappointed' it wasnt in the usual place, and the park got churned up as a result. (hope theyve used our taxes to sort it out given there was nothing better to spend them on). So who 'won' - apart from a few folk who chose to live on Main street knowing full well it can be a busy tourist hot-spot? Thats public-serving, democratic councils for you in a nutshell!
So folk were 'disappointed' it wasnt in the usual place, and the park got churned up as a result. (hope theyve used our taxes to sort it out given there was nothing better to spend them on). So who 'won' - apart from a few folk who chose to live on Main street knowing full well it can be a busy tourist hot-spot? Thats public-serving, democratic councils for you in a nutshell! Mixter
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8:58pm Mon 26 Nov 12

cronk stanley says...

May seem an odd thing to say, but a I would not object to a Christmas market if I lived in Main St. At this cold & gloomy time of the year, seeing people enjoying this sort of thing brings some cheer at least. Not withstanding the opportunity to pop outside the door, and buy something different for tea.

You do present a valid point Mixter, and if you do chose to live in Main St, Haworth, expect activity.
May seem an odd thing to say, but a I would not object to a Christmas market if I lived in Main St. At this cold & gloomy time of the year, seeing people enjoying this sort of thing brings some cheer at least. Not withstanding the opportunity to pop outside the door, and buy something different for tea. You do present a valid point Mixter, and if you do chose to live in Main St, Haworth, expect activity. cronk stanley
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3:25am Fri 30 Nov 12

th3soundguy says...

It was great in the park and far better than on the main st
Its about time local residents had a say rather than pandering to the traders wishes on every decision.
It was great in the park and far better than on the main st Its about time local residents had a say rather than pandering to the traders wishes on every decision. th3soundguy
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