This year’s second Bakewell Christmas Weekend, held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November, has been a massive success. Town centre traders and market stalls reported significant increases in takings based on last year’s event and all this despite the inclement weather.
Richard Young, of The Original Market Farmers' Shop reported;
' From the Agricultural Business centre, Bakewell bridge could not be seen for the number of people walking over it! Compared to last year's Christmas weekend, our business saw an average increase in takings of 19% on the Saturday and 15% on the Sunday. The difference this event has made to us is a massive 70% rise, compared to a regular farmers' market weekend. I believe all businesses have benefited, including shops, pubs, restaurants, B&Bs and car parks. It's such a good thing to show visitors just what Bakewell has to offer, through an event such as this. '
The event itself was bigger and better, with twice as many stalls marketing a vast array of produce including hot, delicious seasonal fayre, Christmas gifts and decorations. Entertainers scattered the streets and the Royal British Legion provided the town with a fantastic display of motor bikes. Saturday evening saw a riverside lantern display and the sky was filled with colour as the sky exploded with fireworks.
Plans are already under way for next year's event thanks to organisers Sue Smethurst and Janet Bailey....and yes it promises to get better every year!
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