Town centre to host Christmas Market again

tis  Crowds at Harrogate Christmas Market.  (131128M1o)
tis Crowds at Harrogate Christmas Market. (131128M1o)
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Harrogate Christmas Market will be held in Harrogate town centre at the bottom on Montpellier Hill again this year, despite complaints that the area became too crowded last year.

The organisers were given permission by Harrogate Borough Council to go ahead with the market from Thursday, November 27 to Sunday November 30, after last year’s event attracted crowds of 40,000 people.

Organising committee member, Steve Scarre, who is taking charge of logistics this year, assured the council that that health and safety measures were paramount and new measures would include widening the walkways and increasing the size of the marquee.

Brian Dunsby, who, alongside his wife, Beryl, has led the organising committee since the event began in 2012, said he was pleased the Council’s Licensing Committee had shown unanimous support for the Christmas Market.

He said: “Having such an influx of shoppers just a few weeks before Christmas is a real boost to our shops, cafés, restaurants and hotels at a vital time of year. We had many messages of support from them following last year’s Market and several said it was their busiest weekend of the year.

“It is great to be able to put the Christmas Market on again in 2014, not just as an attraction for local people and visitors, but to give our support to the many businesses and organisations which benefit from it too.”

Steve Scarre, who is taking charge of logistics, said: “There were enquiries coming in from people wanting to book stalls for 2014 the day after the 2013 Market closed. However, the way the event has grown means it now involves a significant amount of work to secure bookings, get everything set up and keep things running smoothly throughout the four days.”

Bookings are now being taken from local businesses which want a stall at the Christmas Market this year.