Eclectic mix at Wakefield’s Wood Street Market

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A city centre street was taken over by an eclectic community market at the weekend.

Wood Street in Wakefield was closed to traffic on Sunday as stallholders arrived to sell food and crafts and musicians entertained shoppers.

It was the first Wood Street Market and was created to help revitalise the street.

Cooking demonstrations from nearby Iris restaurant and bread-making classes from the Yorkshire School of Baking were held at the market.

Ossett Ukulele Philharmonia Group, along with buskers and children’s entertainers, performed at the event, and an exhibition of photographs from the old Wakefield Market was held at Victoria Chambers.

Wood street-based Architecture1B, Woodhead Investments, Unique Wakefield and Wakefield Civic Society teamed up to launch the project with support from Wakefield Council.

Darren Bailey, of Architecture1B, said: “We were overwhelmed by how successful the market was. All the feedback we have had on social media has been positive. It was very well attended and most of the stalls sold out.”

See this week’s Express for full coverage of the event and more on the Buy Wakefield initiative.