What a great Christmas market that was

PUBLISHED: 10:37 22 December 2006 | UPDATED: 19:53 01 June 2010

BRILLIANT. Fantastic. Wonderful. Great. These are some of the adjectives I heard applied to Wisbech s Christmas market on Monday. The centre of Wisbech simply came to life. The music and fair organs attracted crowds of Christmas shoppers who flocked to fi

BRILLIANT. Fantastic. Wonderful. Great. These are some of the adjectives I heard applied to Wisbech's Christmas market on Monday.

The centre of Wisbech simply came to life. The music and fair organs attracted crowds of Christmas shoppers who flocked to find those unusual presents for those who are always difficult to buy for.

The Gallopers beside the Clarkson Memorial formed an enticing gateway to the event, drawing in the crowds.

And what a wonderful range of stalls. Quality food stalls, interesting craft stalls, antiques and bric-a-brac, clothes stalls and many of the regular traders who support the weekly markets. All were doing serious business.

Families were saying their children had had a fantastic time. Older retired people were both enjoying shopping themselves and joining inn the community spirit that inspired the whole event.

This was a fantastic opportunity for all the shops in the town centre to pull in trade from the thousands of shoppers passing their doors. I'm sure all the successful shopkeepers were able to capitalise on the opportunity.

It was certainly difficult to buy lunch in the various eateries and many of the other shops were busy.

The park and ride service may be a portent of a service that could be expanded in the future.

But how wonderful to have the centre of town reclaimed by shoppers. No cars.

This surely indicates the future direction for the management of the Market Place. It's there for shoppers on foot, not those horrid motors. So leave your cars where they belong and enjoy Wisbech Market Place for what it was intended - people.

Congratulations to all involved in the promotion of the market. An enjoyable event blessed with beautiful weather. Thank you.

JOHN SMITH

Marsh Walk

Wisbech

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