Worcester residents have had their say on proposals for a month-long Christmas market in the city which could rival the German Market in Birmingham.
Worcester City Council has submitted plans to hold a market in the city this December, which would include 30 chalets ‘dressed and lit to add to the festive atmosphere’.
More stalls would also be erected in Cathedral Square on the weekends of December 11 to December 12 and December 18 to 19.
In a report due to be discussed this month, the council said the market could help attract people back to the city and provide a boost to the local economy in the run up to Christmas.
Many residents across Worcestershire have reacted positively to the proposals, with several highlighting the positive impact such an event could have on the local economy.
“It’s a brill idea,” Shell Louise Wild said. “We need to get this country back on its feet and this would really help a lot of small businesses.
Jayne James said: “Let’s make it a best of British Christmas market to help all our local businesses.”
“Would be better than cramming so many people into a few day!” Michelle Wheeler added. “The income to the city is always a bonus.”
Others approved of the idea as long as the Covid pandemic had been brought under control by the festive period.
“Good idea if the virus is under control,” Dorinda Egginton said. “Better spread out than thousands gathering over few days.”
Vanda Bridgens said: “Providing the virus is well under control it will be great and I think better Worcester than Birmingham.”
“Great idea so long as it’s safe to do so,” David Payton said.
Denise Bonham added: “Would like one in Redditch.”
Em Phillips said: “Maybe if they made it by ticket only (small charge) they could make sure it isn’t overcrowded.”
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The new market is set to run alongside the city’s annual Victorian Christmas Fayre, which was was cancelled last year amid coronavirus fears.
The event normally attracts an estimated 150,000 visitors to the city and contributes £7.3 million to the local economy.
Both the new market and Victorian Fayre will be discussed by the council’s place and economic development committee on June 7.