Apologies over poor market

A CONTINENTAL market which resulted in only four stalls turning up has prompted a furious response from Alnwick Community Development Trust, who branded it “pathetic and misleading”.

Several people contacted the trust – which booked the event – to vent their frustration about the August bank holiday event, saying it drastically failed to live up to expectations.

The trust has since written to the company it booked, Traditional Markets Ltd, to formally complain.

Chairman Carys Thomas said: “This was the final booking with Traditional Markets Ltd as part of a programme arranged over the last three years by the trust, through the Market Towns Welcome regeneration scheme.

“Previous markets held in Alnwick by Traditional Markets Ltd have been excellent, have attracted huge crowds and led to high expectations for this event.

“This year, the promised market was almost non-existent, with only four stalls – an enormous disappointment. We immediately contacted the organiser, Olivier Simonin at Traditional Markets Ltd, to express Alnwick’s anger and disappointment at such a pathetic and misleading turn-out.

“Suffice to say it is unlikely that Traditional Markets will be booked again.”

In a reply to the trust, Mr Simonin said: “I can only apologise to you for this poor display. What happened is that markets have been so bad lately, most of my traders decided to go somewhere else on that weekend or not come at all without giving me any notice, which left me also with a huge disappointment.

“I think our type of market is dying in the UK. Sorry for the inconvenience and embarrassment.”