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Darlington Summer Spectacular market recovers from soggy start
5:40pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
DESPITE a soggy start, Darlington’s Summer Spectacular market was buzzing with shoppers on its first day.
Although rain dampened trading prospects first thing today (Thursday August 15), the weather perked up by late morning, and customers kept stall-holders busy.
“It’s nicely ticking over,” said Jo North, a glass-painter, manning one of the dozens of town centre stalls. “Darlington is a good place to sell,” she added.
Lea Darling of Burtree Puddings, near Darlington, praised the event, saying: “This is a really well-run, well-attended event, and it’s great that Darlington runs this.”
As well as local food producers like Burtree, there are a number of stalls providing international flavours, including Spanish ‘churros’, a German barbecue, and Chinese noodles.
The Continental Cottage, selling German sausages and salami, was particularly popular.
Customers said it was the taste of the sausages that attracted them, but Howard Bartley, who has worked on the stall for two years, admitted the constant smell of cured meat has turned him to vegetarianism.
There are also a plethora of quirky products on offer at the market, from wooden giraffe sculptures and vintage records to bargain £1 rosary beads.
Peter la Scalla, a cabaret artist by trade, was piloting a camel puppet around the market and entertaining shoppers with his comedy stylings and tenor singing voice. One customer said she had come down to the market to ‘have a mooch’.
She said: “It’s about time they did something like this in Darlington. It’s lovely, and we don’t have enough normal weeks.”
Several shoppers also commented that they would like to see markets like this more often in Darlington.
The market runs daily until Sunday.
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