Continental fare for Pocklington

Continental market - Ann and Belinder Johnson check out one of the stalls
Continental market - Ann and Belinder Johnson check out one of the stalls

POCKLINGTON’S first ever continental market did not attract as many stalls as expected but has still been hailed a success by the town’s mayor.

Seven stalls offering European cuisine took to the market place on Sunday - far fewer than the 30 that were expected - but the event did bring new faces into the town, according to Mayor Coun Graham Perry.

Continental market - Woldgate students raising funds for their Morocco trip

Continental market - Woldgate students raising funds for their Morocco trip

He said: “Although we did not get as many stalls as we were promised, I personally went down to the market at midday and it was very active and busy and the traders seemed happy with their takings.

“Not only that, but the local shops that had opened seemed to be doing very well from it - there were people queuing outside the deli and both art galleries had had a lot of visitors throughout the day.

“So overall we are well satisfied and very pleased with the benefits it brought to the town and we will do another one, probably in the summer.”

Mayor Perry added, despite the fewer stalls, the town council did not lose out on payment for hosting the event as the amount was a fixed rate not dependent on the number of stalls set up.

Continental market - Town Crier Geoff Sheasby with Elliot Ling, German sausage stall

Continental market - Town Crier Geoff Sheasby with Elliot Ling, German sausage stall

It is thought that the high winds had deterred some of the traders from coming to Pocklington as they had to travel down from a continental market event in the North East, an area hit hard by gales over the weekend.