Fancy a stall at festive market?
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