Mar­ket was a real souq-cess

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By MATTHEW REVILLE

THE Moroc­can mar­ket in Cathe­dral Square has proved to be such a suc­cess that coun­cil bosses want it to re­turn in 2012.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil chiefs have said they are ex­plor­ing ideas to im­prove the mar­ket should it re­turn, with one idea be­ing to ex­pand it into St John’s Square.

The 10 stalls which made up this year’s North African Ber­ber Mar­ket moved out of Cathe­dral Square on Wed­nes­day so prepa­ra­tions could get un­der­way for Peter­bor­ough’s New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions.

The traders proved to be such a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion since ar­riv­ing on De­cem­ber 7 that they were granted an ex­tra week of trad­ing past their planned last day of De­cem­ber 22.

The mar­ket sold a range of pro­duce in­clud­ing babouche slip­pers, teapots, ce­ram­ics, jew­ellery boxes, tagines and lamps.

Ven­dors and coun­cil chiefs have ex­pressed the hope that the mar­ket will re­turn big­ger and bet­ter next year.

Justin Beau­mont, the coun­cil mar­kets and com­mer­cial trad­ing man­ager, said: “We want them to re­turn. We have had a tremen­dous rep­sonse from a lot of peo­ple about how dif­fer­ent and how good the mar­ket has been.

“I am meet­ing a mem­ber of the Moroc­can em­bassy in the new year to dis­cuss hav­ing the traders come back and what we can do to im­prove it.

“There would be ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity that Cathe­dral Square would still be used, but we also want to look into ex­pand­ing to St John’s Square.”

The mar­ket vis­its towns and cities all over the UK but Peter­bor­ough is one of the traders’ favourite places.

Ab­del Ma­jid Ai­taal (45), who runs a weav­ing stall at the mar­ket, said: “We would love to be back in the new year. We would like it to be even big­ger and more beau­ti­ful.

“We went on a tour of 14 cities, like Manch­ester, Liver­pool and Le­ices­ter, and were in Peter­bor­ough for five days in Novem­ber.

“We came back be­cause it was pop­u­lar when we came here. When the coun­cil were keen to get us back for Christ­mas we were happy to come back.”

Kadiri Ahmed (46), from Es­saouira, Morocco, sold leather lamps from the mar­ket. He said: “It has been busy be­cause of the Christ­mas shop­pers, but for us it is not all about the sales.

“We want to give a good im­pres­sion about Morocco. Ev­ery­body has been fan­tas­tic and we have re­ally en­joyed be­ing in Peter­bor­ough.”

mag­nif­i­cent moroc­cans: The stalls at the Moroc­can mar­ket in in Cathe­dral Square proved to be a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion for Christ­mas shop­pers.

(METP-28-12-11AS004) Pic­ture: ALAN STORER.

ber­ber fever: Trader Lahcem Bighour­bane in one of the the stalls in the North African Ber­ber Mar­ket, which was in Cathe­dral Square over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

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