Six new Sensational Saturday Markets are being held in Driffield this year, thanks to the success of a pilot project.
Town councillor Tony Cooper, chairman of the market committee, said: “In the light of the successful pilot Sensational Saturday Markets last year, the Town Council agreed to run six from April to September this year.
“The first market was held on Easter Saturday and was a resounding success,”he told the annual parish meeting.
“The clerk has also managed to secure more space and 13 more stalls will be made available for consequent markets. The Folk Festival Committee are now providing the music at the events which is a real bonus.
The clerk has also organised publicity and promotion and this seems to be working, as well as procuring parking for the traders and visitors at Dewhirst and the Methodist Church.
Coun Cooper said: “The markets have also proved to be financially viable, which is not only pleasing but essential.”
The Market Committee oversee the running of the Thursday market and also the new Sensational Saturday Markets.
Thursday Market continues to be successful and is run by the market officer, Dave Young.
Coun Cooper said: “The rent was reviewed some months ago and it was agreed that it remained at a £1 a foot, this rent has not gone up since the Town Council took over the market in 2001. The Thursday market has a wide and varied range of stalls and is operated on a ‘one-line’ basis.
The charity stall is very popular although it can be frustrating that even when rung to check, sometimes those who have booked it don’t turn up.
He said: “Concerns were raised about the emergency access through the market and a visit was made by Humberside Fire and Rescue with members of the committee. We believe that we have worked together with the Market Officer to try to ensure this access at all times.
The Thursday Market is a popular and well established event that adds to the offer of the town and the Town Council is fully committed to its continued success.”