International Street Market success

Luton’s St George’s Square came alive during the four-day International Street Market.

The lively outdoor marketplace, from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th March, included a mouth-watering and delightful showcase of food, drink and handcrafted products, such as fine Baltic Amber jewellery, dreamcatchers, Spanish tapas, churros and organic custom clothing and accessories.

The market was all thanks to Luton Business Improvement District (BID) who funded the event as part of their commitment to making the town centre more attractive and appealing for visitors and workers. The BID’s partner, Market Place Europe, was also instrumental in organising stallholders to attend.

Vic Hibbert, 61, from Round Green, was one of the BID’s ten Facebook competition winners to receive £50 from Market Place Europe to spend at the market. He said: “I was delighted to see stallholders from France, Spain, Italy and other countries. There was silver and gemstone jewellery from Poland, fabulously tasting coconut macaroons from Italy, stunning craftwork from South America, pastry products from Greece, olives from across Europe and woollen handcrafted products. It was a fantastic idea and I do hope Luton BID make it a regular event so that it can grow each year.”

Stuart Sadler, Luton BID director and owner of Sadler Hair & Beauty said: “We have a fabulous variety of shops and businesses in Luton town centre and of course our very own indoor market which is packed with quirky, independent traders. The BID’s outdoor street market was all about adding to the shopping experience, and giving people more reasons to spend longer in our town centre. We have had some really positive feedback from people who attended and are thrilled with how it all went.”

 

For more information on Luton BID’s town centre events and projects visit www.lutontowncentre.co.uk.