More than 1,000 people turned up to the launch night of the first Christmas market at Whitby’s Dock End.
The venture by Totally Locally Whitby saw beach huts transported from the seafront to the town centre as families packed into Endeavour Wharf to snap up early seasonal gifts including hot food, mulled wine, arts and crafts.
The brightly-coloured chalets have been festooned with Christmas lights and the end result of weeks of organising and cajoling is impressive, says co-ordinator Kate Longmate.
She said the market is as much about bringing together the town’s community at Christmas as it is about making money.
But she sees the long-term goal goal as growing the market and attracting visitors from all over.
“Everyone is saying how it looks amazing,” she said. “I am really delighted with how it looks.
“Everyone has been good neighbours, with lots of lending of stepladders.”
Last night, Mayor of Whitby John Freeman gave a short speech praising Kate’s hard work before letting through the huge crowds that had assembled on a cold late autumn night at Dock End.
In scenes reminiscent of a Regatta Monday night down Pier Road, hundreds of people packed into the tight area to check out the many stalls, with a positive energy and atmosphere.
The social media was last night awash with positive comments, which may just help Kate’s vision come true.
The market is on today (Fri) from midday to 9pm, Saturday from midday to 9pm and Sunday from midday to 6pm.
pictures: Richard Ponter