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Friday, 29 August 2014

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International flavour to Carlisle city centre market

Carlisle's high street was transformed into a world of bright colours and sweet smells as the Easter international market arrived in town.

Carlisle market photo
Angie Rowley serves potatoes provencal to Caitlin Blacklock

Hundreds of shoppers flocked into the city centre for the opening day of the market to tickle their taste buds.

On offer were German sausages, Polish beers, Spanish paella and tasty sweet treats from around Europe, as well as a host of gifts and crafts and a selection of beautiful blooms from Holland.

The ever popular long-running market will be running in the city centre until Easter Monday.

Richard Neyboer, brought his selection of garden flowers from Enschede in Holland.

He said: “This is my second time here and came back because I enjoyed it last time. All of the flowers are from Holland and they have proved to be popular.”

Angie Bowley, from Big Pan Cuisine, is a regular at the market. She said: “Our products are all based on French cuisine but they are our own recipes. We have come for the last seven or eight years.”

Daniel Axworthy, of Continental Sausages, said these type of markets were good for the high street.

“These markets have a really positive impact. They bring people back to the high street.”

For those that wanted to enjoy a drink in the sun, Geoff Woodward, brought a selection of German fruit beers and mead. He said: “This is my first time here with this product.”

Out enjoying the sun and everything the market had to offer were Doreen and Geoff Brown from Lowry Hill, Carlisle. Doreen, 73, said: “We love it here, we just like to come and have a look around, especially at the flowers and all the different stalls.”

Rebekah Rothon, 36, from Little Corby, near Carlisle, brought son Archie. She said: “I usually come to the market when it’s here it’s just all unusual stuff and my little boy likes the different things.”

Every time the market is in town 15-year-old Caitlin Blacklock, from Curthwaite, near Wigton, and her family come into the city.

“We come for the food, especially for the Big Pan stall.”

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