Fancy a stall at fes­tive mar­ket?

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Stall­hold­ers have just a week to sign up for the new Dum­fries Christ­mas mar­ket.

Busi­ness duo Kirsten Scott and Leah Hal­l­i­day se­cured a li­cence to launch the fes­tive event in con­junc­tion with Pe­ter Pan Moat Brae and Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil.

And the one-day mar­ket takes place at the town’s of­fi­cial Christ­mas lights switch-on.

Now the Dum­fries duo have urged traders to sign on at their web­site for the event be­fore mid­night on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

The busi­ness­women con­firmed their firm, the Guild Dum­fries and DMM, is a not-for-profit group and they are run­ning the ex­trav­a­ganza to boost the town cen­tre.

Kirsten said: “We want to bring life back to the town cen­tre and hope­fully if all goes well then the mar­ket could be a monthly event. But first we have to get this off the ground and we’re en­cour­ag­ing traders to sign up for it now.

“We’ll be tak­ing over the High Street from Queens­berry Square to Burns Statue and it kicks off at noon, run­ning un­til 7pm. For our Dum­fries Mak­ers Mar­ket we are look­ing for mak­ers, artists, de­sign­ers, crafters, cre­ators, in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses, street food ven­dors, ar­ti­san food and drinks pro­duc­ers and char­i­ties to join us.

“There will also be vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, so ev­ery­one can get in­volved. We’d love to be able to nur­ture young en­trepreneurs and new fledg­ling busi­nesses as part of the mar­ket project.” Dis­counted pitches will also be avail­able for char­ity stalls. Ap­pli­ca­tions will be stud­ied by cu­ra­to­rial team to select the suc­cess­ful bids.

Kirsten said: “This lets us main­tain a high level of qual­ity which we hope visi­tors to our events will grow to ex­pect when they come along on mar­ket day.

“This process also al­lows us to limit where pos­si­ble any du­pli­ca­tion of ex­ist­ing busi­nesses in the town and a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent stall­hold­ers at the event. Our aim is to pro­vide ad­di­tion­al­ity to Dum­fries town cen­tre, not to de­tract from it.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be sub­mit­ted on­www. the guild dum­fries. org/ pages/ dum­fries-mak­ers-mar­ket to ap­ply now.

Mes­sage Leah Hal­l­i­day, left, and Kirsten Scott

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