Proud of city's best Christmas market

I WAS born and brought up in Salisbury during the 1950s and 60s before leaving for college.

For the past 40 years I have been living in the Midlands.

Notwithstanding most of a lifetime spent elsewhere, I still regard myself as a Salisbury lad at heart. Imagine then my delight to see in this morning’s edition of my local newspaper – the Birmingham Mail – a fullpage travel feature on the ‘best’ Christmas markets around the country, with Salisbury’s market given pride of place with a half-page photograph of the scene outside the Guildhall.

Set among the festive markets in Bath, Lincoln, Swansea and Edinburgh, Salisbury made a truly impressive sight.

For some 14 years in Birmingham we have hosted the annual Frankfurt Christmas market, which has now grown to be the biggest anywhere in the world outside Germany and Austria.

With almost 200 stalls, it stretches a mile along the city’s streets from the Bull Ring (for those who know it) to the civic buildings in Victoria Square, and then on to the International Convention Centre and the stunning new Library of Birmingham.

But I felt there was a certain charm about the scene outside Salisbury’s Guildhall, which took me back to childhood delight and relish at the approach of Christmas in the city of my birth.

I try to return to Salisbury once each year and was there on a wonderfully warm and sunny Saturday at the beginning of November. Perhaps next year I will plan to be there just a little later, to sample the delights of the Christmas market.

Congratulations Salisbury, for creating something with the power to delight young and old alike.



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