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West Didsbury Market #2 – In Images

April 26, 2011

The second West Didsbury Market rolled into town on Saturday 23 April. The sun shone and once again, West Didsbury had a great day. Although numbers seemed slightly down on the last market, this could easily be attributed to the fact that many people had gone away to enjoy the glut of bank holidays packed into this particular Easter holiday. And, it all meant more goodies for us stay-at-homes to enjoy…

Silver Apples at West Didsbury Market

Silver Apples at West Didsbury Market

Leaf Jewellery Design at West Didsbury Market

Leaf Jewellery Design at West Didsbury Market

Handmade Chocolates at West Didsbury Market

Handmade Chocolates at West Didsbury Market

Fresh Fish at West Didsbury Market

Fresh Fish at West Didsbury Market

Juicy tomatoes at West Didsbury Market

Juicy tomatoes at West Didsbury Market

Victoria Sponge Cake - West Didsbury Market

Victoria Sponge Cake - West Didsbury Market

Nuts, olives & feta - West Didsbury Market

Nuts, olives & feta - West Didsbury Market

Fresh pasta making with Piccolino

Fresh pasta making with Piccolino

Wild garlic courtesy of Silver Apples - West Didsbury Market

Wild garlic courtesy of Silver Apples - West Didsbury Market

Dishes and Spoons - West Didsbury Market

Dishes and Spoons - West Didsbury Market

You might just recognise Mr Artisan Meat Company

You might just recognise Mr Artisan Meat Company

West Didsbury Market

West Didsbury Market

Market Fresh English Asparagus

Market Fresh English Asparagus

Face Painting at Milly Mog. Modelled by Phoebe.

Face Painting at Milly Mog. Modelled by Phoebe.

There was also a real feeling that summer was just around the corner. Folk’s BBQ was set up and feeding the crowd – literally – that soaked up the sun all day and Rhubarb launched its lunchtime terrace menu – exceptionally good value, good food. Well worth a lunchtime visit.

Maybe it was the weather. Maybe it was because the market was in town. Or maybe it’s just because West Didsbury is a lovely place. But Saturday did seem to herald the start of something rather good. Summer!

The West Didsbury Market is every 4th Saturday of the month, the next one being Saturday 28th May

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bridget permalink
    October 24, 2011 5:53 am

    What’s happened to it now though? The first 2-3 months were fantastic – partly I think due to the big greengrocer stall that seemed kind of a focal point – but it was varied, busy and a good size. Once summer holidays started it got smaller and smaller each month until this Saturday when no-one turned up to trade! Rumour was that most of the traders went to Chorlton where they’d established a Market on the same day each month…why did the council plan two markets a mile from each other? Gutted!

  2. October 24, 2011 10:01 am

    We’ve been communicating regularly with Manchester Markets & have been repeatedly saying that if there is not a) wider promotion (ie not just leaving it to Didsbury Life to push) b) a more consistent approach to attracting good quality traders and c) looking again at the location, it will dwindle. We know the area well and we know what people want – because they tell us, but cutting through the bureaucracy with Mcr City Council is another matter. The Chorlton market on the same day is the Horse & Jockey market, which is a great example of how a market can operate. This is a private market though, the owners of the Horse & Jockey having successfully applied for a Market Licence.

    The decision was taken not to go ahead with the most recent West Didbsury Mkt & to look into a reluanch in early 2012. Hopefully, this time what we have been saying will be taken on board and we can get back to the kind of market we had in March & April. There is a real need for an independent market, especially in the light of yet another Tesco opening in Didsbury village – and I think the images on the blogs show how good it can actually be.

    We’ll be regularly posting info on Didsbury Life, after meetings with Mcr Markets.

    Helen

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