Newport Christmas Market draws crowds

South Wales Argus: Free fair at Newport Market with stalls featuring handmade items from the local community. Organiser of the fair, Teri Bagnall. (3002794) Free fair at Newport Market with stalls featuring handmade items from the local community. Organiser of the fair, Teri Bagnall. (3002794)

CHRISTMAS crafts galore were on sale in Newport Market this Saturday, while the first Newport Winter Food Festival also brought in the crowds.

Shoppers could get unique, handmade gifts made locally such as jewellery, wood carvings, dog treats, knitted items, artificial flowers and cards at a fair in the market, upstairs in The Gallery.

After the event, organisers took to their social media sites to thank everyone who visited. They said: “A big thank you to all stall holders and visitors who came to our first festive market. Have a great Christmas!”

The Salvation Army were out in full force with seasonal festive music in the market, while extra roving musicians performed along Commercial Street and Bridge Street.

Cllr Debbie Wilcox, cabinet member for leisure and culture said: “I popped by the food festival and picked up some olives at around 11am and there was already a really good crowd there.

“From what I hear there was a good, steady stream of people throughout the day and I think that’s wonderful. It was lovely to see so many people being drawn to the city centre and there was a really good feel factor in the air.”

More events will be held at the market in the coming weeks, including next Saturday when a comic fair will run from 10am until 4pm selling TV and film memorabilia, autographs, photographs, posters and more. The City of Newport Male Voice Choir will sing carols on the same day, from 11am until 1pm.

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5:20pm Mon 16 Dec 13

zooport37 says...

the pictures do not really do the report justice. I counted 7 people wandering around. I know there is the saying 'three's a crowd' but I think the reporters comment is just ever so slightly over exaggerating. I am a pro Newport supporter and love my home town. But, items like this need to drum up more publicity before the event so when pictures are taken there really are crowds of people browsing the market
the pictures do not really do the report justice. I counted 7 people wandering around. I know there is the saying 'three's a crowd' but I think the reporters comment is just ever so slightly over exaggerating. I am a pro Newport supporter and love my home town. But, items like this need to drum up more publicity before the event so when pictures are taken there really are crowds of people browsing the market zooport37

9:33pm Mon 16 Dec 13

inkyskin says...

i agree..why is it we only here about things in Newport AFTER the event?? farmers market, craft fairs etc. unless you happen to be in town when it's on then it's not advertised anywhere! why not use some of the empty shops as advertising space for upcoming events and SWA..why don't you do your bit too and advertise things more!
i agree..why is it we only here about things in Newport AFTER the event?? farmers market, craft fairs etc. unless you happen to be in town when it's on then it's not advertised anywhere! why not use some of the empty shops as advertising space for upcoming events and SWA..why don't you do your bit too and advertise things more! inkyskin

12:41pm Tue 17 Dec 13

zooport37 says...

cheers inky :) I think the council need to start reading the argus comments sections and other forums targeted at Newport 'city' center. they may then have some idea what the people of this town would welcome, instead of the council wasting vast amounts of cash on daft sculptures and schemes that only put an undersized band aid on an oversized problem.
cheers inky :) I think the council need to start reading the argus comments sections and other forums targeted at Newport 'city' center. they may then have some idea what the people of this town would welcome, instead of the council wasting vast amounts of cash on daft sculptures and schemes that only put an undersized band aid on an oversized problem. zooport37

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