Muckle Market is a hit with local shoppers

The weather stayed kind and the public really got behind the first Muckle Market of the year in Peterhead’s Broad Street last Saturday.

Organised by the Here For You Partnership, the community market boasted an array of local crafters who sold everything from jewellery, handbags, hair bows and babywear to skincare products, blinged-up goods, model kits and garden ornaments.

Shoppers pick up some bargains at the Muckle Market

Shoppers pick up some bargains at the Muckle Market

For those with a sweet tooth there was plenty of tasty handmade confectionery on offer, while Crichie butcher Ewan Morrice did a roaring trade with his sausages, burgers and pies.

A key supporter of the market once again was DJ Ronnie Arthur and the team from Buchan Community Radio who kept the music coming and who introduced popular guest singer Angela Ireland together with the Lighthouse Rock group.

A big attraction were performances by the pupils of both the Lawrence Dance Academy and the Serena Wilson School of Highland Dance which delighted their audiences.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse were kept busy throughout the day posing for pictures with the young ones (and not so young) courtesy of Star-Jump Leisure who also brought along a selection of bouncy castles, slides and a very busy face-painter.

Stiltwalkers from Theatre Modo were there to show off their skills

Stiltwalkers from Theatre Modo were there to show off their skills

Also making a popular appearance on the day were the women of the Mutiny Tribal Belly Dancers and those feathered friends from the Owl and Pussycat Centre.

Town centre retailers also got into the spirit by staging a host of special offers and price reductions to generate additional interest during the market.

Ken Duncan of the Here For You Partnership said: “We were delighted to get the Muckle Markets kicked off for 2015 and equally-delighted the weather stayed fine throughout the day.

“On a day on which there was a host of other great local events across Buchan, we would like to thank all those crafters, businesses and visitors who supported us.

One shopper makes a purchase at the Muckle Market

One shopper makes a purchase at the Muckle Market

“Special thanks go to Heather Barclay of Aberdeenshire Council and Martin Danziger and the Theatre Modo stiltwalkers who promoted the market in the town centre and to Lorraine, Arek, Danielle and Kylie at the Fishermen’s Mission who staged a host of tasty special offers and who opened up their facilities throughout the day.

“Community spirit was very much alive and kicking on Saturday and we look forward to seeing an even bigger and better event during Scottish Week on July 25.”

Any crafters, community groups or entertainers keen to get booked up for the summer market should call the organisers on 01779 478950 or email admin@peterhead projects.co.uk

Muckle Markets will also be held on September 26 and November 28.