NOTE: This content is old - Published: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2011.
Wrexham’s Christmas Markets are still going ahead indoors today at St Giles Church despite concerns over the weather.
Confusion was caused by a council statement issued yesterday which said that the town’s Christmas Markets would be closed due to concerns over high winds leading people to think that both the indoor and outdoor markets would be affected.
However, it would appear that the statement only referred to the outdoor stalls as today’s indoor markets are still going ahead at the parish church.
Wrexham.com has been down to visit the stalls which have a range of gifts on offer as well as bacon baps (£1.50 and we recommend them!) cups of tea, plus stall holders selling everything from meringue to pork pies! The markets will be open till 8pm this evening.
Wrexham.com’s weather station has recorded winds gusting to 34 mph today, and the consensus seemed to be that cancelling the outside stalls was a sensible decision, however the annoyance about the lack of promotion of the indoor market was evident.
One trader has voiced her anger at the decision to cancel the outdoor markets after she bought in hundreds of pounds worth of stock for them, and another quizzically wondered why such a ‘late confused decision’ occurred considering ‘we all knew about the weather warning since Monday’.
A statement issued by Wrexham Council yesterday reads: “It is with regret that organisers have had to cancel tomorrow’s popular Christmas market in Wrexham town centre. This is due to the high winds of today which are expected to get worse tomorrow. As a result we cannot guarantee public safety.
“Please let family and friends know of this decision. Wrexham Council and the stall holders are naturally extremely disappointed but stress that the matter is beyond their control.”
A council spokesperson has since been in contact with us to clarify the situation, they said: “We are aware that there are market stalls inside St Giles Church. This is a separate event organised by the Church. Hope this helps.”
However, at the time of writing Wrexham Council’s website still lists both the Church Street and St Giles markets as being closed, and the last public message on their twitter account still states the market is off.
If you do pop down, make sure you enter the raffle as the prizes and hampers looked great!