First Southsea Night Market a ‘huge’ success

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ALMOST a dozen artists put their handiwork on display at the first Southsea Night Markets event.

People selling items such as handcrafted jewellery, illustrations and homeware pitched their stalls at Speakers’ Corner near The Pyramids centre.

Georgina Giles, one of the organisers of the markets, said: ‘The first Southsea Night Market was a resounding success.

‘Eleven independent artists and crafters came along to set up shop on the promenade and lots of lovely people came along to browse and buy local handmade goods.

‘We’re so excited about the following four dates, the market is going to grow and evolve.’

Tom West, who also organised the market, added: ‘Every seller who spoke with us said that they’d never seen so many people set up a stall on the seafront at the same time.

‘Everyone’s positivity and excitement helped to create a wonderful sense of community and a supportive atmosphere amongst those present that will no doubt be at the centre of the remaining Markets.

‘Footfall was high, considering that it was the first of the markets, with an estimated 300 hundred people in total stopping to browse.

‘Residents were encouraged by something that was helping to bring back some life to the seafront.’

The night markets are being held every Friday between 4pm and 8pm.