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Continental Street Market attracts large crowds to Wrexham town centre

A Continental Street Market showcasing cuisines from across the globe has been hailed a success after attracting huge crowds and positive feedback from members of the public.

The wet and dreary weather at the start of the festival failed to deter visitors for the four day event – which took place along Regent Street and Hope Street.

Organised by Liverpool based RR events, the Continental Market brought around 20 traders to the town, selling everything from Thai noodles, coffee, crepes, Greek Gyros, Paella, Bratwurst and churros.

The event was also the first to take place on the recently revamped Hope Street / Queens Street.

A combination of the street market and commemorative World War One events in the town centre also seemed to provide a boost to the number of visitors to the town on Saturday – with plenty of people about enjoying the activities and doing some early Christmas shopping.

One local businessperson told us: “It was great to see the new paving hosting it’s first street market. Hopefully it is the start of something new, as it brought extra people in to town and created a lovely feel. It is a good use of that street instead of hosting everything on Queens Square.”

Cllr Terry Evans, Lead Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “It was very pleasant to see members of the public attend the Continental Market throughout last week, as well as the range and variety of the stalls on offer.

“In spite of the colder weather and threatening rain, the market stayed busy from opening to closing, and it was especially pleasing to see so many people come out this soon before Christmas, given that people normally tend to wait until later in the season before spending at markets.

“The timing was also very useful, in that the start of the market lined up neatly with the completion of the refurbishment and paving work undertaken by the council in the town centre – it was nice to have such a strong town centre event line up with the first few weeks of our improved streetscape.

The organisers have also indicated that more events could take place in the new year..!

Cllr Evans added: “Following the Continental Market, I’m also very pleased with the level of public interest and turnout evident at the First World War commemorative events which took place in the town centre – not just the Remembrance event on Sunday, but also the educational events featuring a biplane and replica trench held on Queen’s Square on Saturday.”

Top pic: As those who keep an eye on our social media will have seen, the Mayor and the Town Centre Manager popped along to the market last week!

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