A successful outdoor market took place on Thursday the 10th of December, Stafford Walking Street Market under the Tier 3 rules which showed the rest of the country how an outdoor market should be run with the public taking ownership of their actions with many wearing masks by choice and socially distancing.

Local company LR Partnership Events with a group of volunteers have hosted a few events throughout the year sticking to the government guidelines in place at the time. The public was asked to donate gifts for Santa’s Grotto so a visits would be free, the 500 tickets allocated sold out in 24 hours, which is a testament to how Stafford and the surrounding villages pull together as a community.

Lorraine Conkey, organiser of the Stafford Walking Street Markets said:

“Wow! What a great atmosphere! I would like to thank everyone who came to the Christmas Stafford Walking Street Market, you were great, keeping social distancing in mind and although not mandatory many wore masks. A huge thank you to everyone who donated gifts for Santa’s Grotto, you made a lot of children very happy.

“Thank you to Cllrs Ann Edgeller and Carolyn Trowbridge and former Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy for attending and giving your continued support. A great job was done by the stewards, elves, all the stallholders and the Salvation Army for the Christmas tunes.”

Photos by Paul Milgate-Scarrott and Lorraine Conkey

Walking Street Market will be back on Thursday the 8th of April and then the second Thursday of the month.

Stallholders wishing to reserve a place email nikki@lrpartnership.co.uk

For more details go to LR Partnership website, and/or Stafford Walking Street Market on Facebook and Twitter

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