Christmas market is a success

Salisbury Journal: Christmas market is a success Christmas market is a success

SALISBURY’S Christmas market was even more popular than last year, with tens of thousands of people coming into the city for their Christmas shopping. In the first 12 days nearly 80,000 people visited the Christmas market, up by six per cent on the 2012 figures.

Market organiser Stephanie Swann said: “Salisbury’s Christmas market now has reputation for the quality and variety of the gifts on sale and this is reflected in more visitors than ever.

“People are coming from near and far. The majority are obviously local, Salisbury and Hampshire mainly, but we have people coming from as far away as Yorkshire and Birmingham. Salisbury’s fame has certainly spread.”

This year’s market has seen a huge increase in the number of people visiting the market on organised coach trips. Forty-five coaches bringing nearly 1,500 people have come to Salisbury specifically for the Christmas market.

The coaches were met by specially trained stewards who gave each passenger a map of Salisbury and details of what the city has to offer. Most of the coach visitors spent around an hour at the market and another three hours exploring the city.

Graham Gould, Salisbury city centre manager, said: “This is what the Christmas market is about, bringing more people and more money into Salisbury existing shops and businesses. Last year the Christmas market pumped over £3m into the local economy and this year we hope to do even better.”

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2:58pm Sun 22 Dec 13

karlmarx says...

So the coach station IS needed and will not be closed as well as the bus station, the police station etc...?
So the coach station IS needed and will not be closed as well as the bus station, the police station etc...? karlmarx

7:32am Mon 23 Dec 13

UKD003 says...

Sorry for a negastive post, but when rubbish, trumped-up comments are made by the organisers and reported in the paper, the story needs to be real.

How do they count the £3.0m attributable directly to the market? they can't, and it certainly did not! I did buy potatoe wedges and a diet coke but did not see alot of people buying anything

And how do they count the 80,000? I didn't see anybody counting. So they had to import pensioners to walk around it to make it look crowded.

And high quality and people coming from far? items were just basic or average that can be bought in a typical shoppes elsewhere. And really, did these people come for the market from far away or where they just in town visiting friends.

The 2nd year of the year of the market was no better that last year, and it has not differentated itself from the other markets. Yes, we have one (how much does it cost the city?). It is what it is, good to say we have one, but please let's not write a story without real facts.
Sorry for a negastive post, but when rubbish, trumped-up comments are made by the organisers and reported in the paper, the story needs to be real. How do they count the £3.0m attributable directly to the market? they can't, and it certainly did not! I did buy potatoe wedges and a diet coke but did not see alot of people buying anything And how do they count the 80,000? I didn't see anybody counting. So they had to import pensioners to walk around it to make it look crowded. And high quality and people coming from far? items were just basic or average that can be bought in a typical shoppes elsewhere. And really, did these people come for the market from far away or where they just in town visiting friends. The 2nd year of the year of the market was no better that last year, and it has not differentated itself from the other markets. Yes, we have one (how much does it cost the city?). It is what it is, good to say we have one, but please let's not write a story without real facts. UKD003

8:27am Mon 23 Dec 13

hillyanne says...

It was so much better this year.Well laid out and with stall/chalets all prettily decorated turned outwards to welcome you in.it would be nice to have somewhere to perch(if room)to enjoy the musical entertainment.(I saw straw bales provided at a Cotswold Xmas market.)
I was very surprised to see knives on sale when I first visited(and "Xmassy" garden tools??)
It was so much better this year.Well laid out and with stall/chalets all prettily decorated turned outwards to welcome you in.it would be nice to have somewhere to perch(if room)to enjoy the musical entertainment.(I saw straw bales provided at a Cotswold Xmas market.) I was very surprised to see knives on sale when I first visited(and "Xmassy" garden tools??) hillyanne

11:47am Mon 23 Dec 13

Loulou20351 says...

The Market costs the city nothing! It is funded by the market traders who pay for their chalets. Having worked on the Christmas market for 17 days, people came from all over the country on coaches who also then went on to the shops and restaurants in the city and the majority where not "pensioners" , people did buy, and the chalets offered far more than as you say "basic and average " goods. Constant streams of positive comments came our way about how good the market was this year, there were a huge amount of positive comments when being compared to other markets across the country. Surveys where carried out by market officials continually throughout the period. The bandstand provided a beautiful arena for local schools and choirs to sing and the atmosphere was constantly buzzing. Is it really a negative thing for this glorious city of ours to have it’s own Christmas Market? Its only its second year and as the years go on it will continue to grow and offer additional chalets and services. The work that goes into the market is incredible and I for one praise and thank the organisers and traders for bringing Christmas to Salisbury.
The Market costs the city nothing! It is funded by the market traders who pay for their chalets. Having worked on the Christmas market for 17 days, people came from all over the country on coaches who also then went on to the shops and restaurants in the city and the majority where not "pensioners" , people did buy, and the chalets offered far more than as you say "basic and average " goods. Constant streams of positive comments came our way about how good the market was this year, there were a huge amount of positive comments when being compared to other markets across the country. Surveys where carried out by market officials continually throughout the period. The bandstand provided a beautiful arena for local schools and choirs to sing and the atmosphere was constantly buzzing. Is it really a negative thing for this glorious city of ours to have it’s own Christmas Market? Its only its second year and as the years go on it will continue to grow and offer additional chalets and services. The work that goes into the market is incredible and I for one praise and thank the organisers and traders for bringing Christmas to Salisbury. Loulou20351

12:13pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Sustainer says...

Well said LouLou. The negative comments are usually from those ill informed and too lazy to seek the truth.
I too thank the organisers and traders for thier sterling efforts and look forward to next year's Christmas market.
Well said LouLou. The negative comments are usually from those ill informed and too lazy to seek the truth. I too thank the organisers and traders for thier sterling efforts and look forward to next year's Christmas market. Sustainer

8:26am Wed 25 Dec 13

karlmarx says...

karlmarx wrote:
So the coach station IS needed and will not be closed as well as the bus station, the police station etc...?
Make your minds up please. The article quotes coach loads of visitors, some comments mention coach loads of people, all for the Market. Yet, when it is pointed out that the coach station is due for closure as well the comment is voted negatively. Just pointing out the obvious flaw in the closure of the coach station and bus station while trying to encourage visitors to the city.
According to a local deluded smoke and mirror specialist there might be a new coach station? Possibly north of the train station? Possibly Churchfields? But no bus station.
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: So the coach station IS needed and will not be closed as well as the bus station, the police station etc...?[/p][/quote]Make your minds up please. The article quotes coach loads of visitors, some comments mention coach loads of people, all for the Market. Yet, when it is pointed out that the coach station is due for closure as well the comment is voted negatively. Just pointing out the obvious flaw in the closure of the coach station and bus station while trying to encourage visitors to the city. According to a local deluded smoke and mirror specialist there might be a new coach station? Possibly north of the train station? Possibly Churchfields? But no bus station. karlmarx

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