Sunday, May 13, 2007

Le French Market


Into town yesterday with AJ to wander around the third and last day of the French Market. Needless to say, the stall owners were impressed with my own unique brand of "Franglais"...
I've found that if you steer clear of the bread, there are some reasonably priced items on sale - I came away with some excellent cheese and bargain strawberries.
It was good to se town packed, and the Pedestrian Heart layout particularly suited the long line of stalls along High Row. A couple of stall owners told me that they'd done very good business during the visit.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

An interesting statistic. We in Darlington are only 350 miles from the coast of France. France is closer to us than some parts of the UK.

The distance is not great and we can learn so much from one another.

YZ said...

Why is your kid called AJ? Is it a nickname?

Darlington Councillor said...

AJ has 'Alexander John' on his birth certificate (John was my dad's middle name, and how he got Alexander is a long, long story...)

From the word go, however, he's only been known as AJ, and it's stuck. If he ever wants to use Alexander or Alex, that's fine by us.

Alan - you're right. To introduce a small political note, one of the reasons I was really pleased Tom Nutt was re-elected in Haughton North is that he has played a pivotal role in reviving Town Twinning in Darlington - not only with our traditional 'twins' in France and Germany, but looking beyond to China and Russia too.

In an uncertain world, these links are good for trade and but also serve to help keep us looking outwards.

Anonymous said...

And are the French traders subsidised by the council?

UKIPer said...

I hate the frogs

Anonymous said...

The racist comment above is abhorrent. (If it is from a UKIPer...) My question remains valid, though. Does Darlington Council incentivise the French Market?

Darlington Councillor said...

As I understand it, each trader pays about £300 per pitch. That money helps with the marketing of the event. The only direct assistance the event receives is in the officer time to help with its smooth running.

All-in-all, I think as a town we get pretty good value from it.

Fact teller said...

Did you know that the french actually handed their own jewish residents over to the nazi's to save their own skins, that was of course after many hard weeks of fighting to save france! NOT
when they capitulated in under a day!
To think we built a tunnel to join them!

Anonymous said...

Fact teller, fuck off.

Thanks for the info on the traders, nick. Much appreciated.