Saturday, August 16, 2008

Darlington Market Spectacular

A packed High Row this afternoon.

God truly is a Quaker, as the sun shone on Darlington today in what has been a miserable summer.

The town was packed with visitors to the second Market Spectacular. Over 300 stalls lined the High Row, Northgate, spilling into the Market Place, and jostling with funfair rides for little ones on Church Row and Bondgate.

There were traders from across the EU, including France, Portugal, Romania and Germany. The smell of crepes and sausages mingled with the grim aftermath of the Kings Head fire, and as they filed past the barriers in Prospect Place, people stood and drank in the scene as they viewed the ruined upper floors of this familiar Darlington landmark.

Whilst there were plenty of stalls selling the exotic, I tried to seek out local producers too. So I bought some excellent lamb chops from the Burtree House Farm stand. Sandy and I were also hugely impressed with our lunch from Pastrini Delicacies - a local company specialising in West Indian food which caters for parties and events. The noodles and saltfish fritters were excellent. Search them out if you're going to the Market on Sunday or Monday - they're on East Row. Otherwise they can be contacted at or on 01325 251226.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You've swallowed the Council's hype: in fact there were fewer than 60 trade stalls, plus about 10 information/ pressure group stalls around the Market Place and half a dozen kiddies' rides and entertainment stands. Unless you filled every square inch of the town centre, including Skinnergate, you couldn't squeeze 300 stalls in.
Nevertheless, I'm sure everyone enjoyed it.