Dickensian Market was Buxton’s ‘White Saturday’

Hundreds of revellers flocked to Buxton’s Dickensian Market this week for some ‘White Saturday’ action – where the focus was firmly on local business, talent, charity and having a good time.

Organisers of the 23rd annual market said at least 500 Christmas shoppers turned out for the event, with many keen to redress balance of big business ‘Black Friday’ and support their local traders instead.

Colin Sykes, one of the market organisers, said early indications showed many thousands of pounds had been raised for charity already – and traders were reporting bumper takings.

“We had a spectacular turn-out this year and the stalls, entertainment and general atmosphere were just amazing,” said Colin.

“There was a real sense of community too, with the whole town rallying behind us and showing support.

“In fact, a lot of people were saying it was like White Saturday – the complete opposite of the big business focus of Black Friday – where people bought handmade, artisan presents from local retailers instead of ordering from Amazon.”

The market – held in the town’s Octagon building in the Pavilion Gardens on Saturday – featured a host of stalls grouped around a central village green where non-stop entertainment ran throughout the day.

After the opening by the Mayor of High Peak, the Fairfield Band got proceedings underway with a selection of festive music.

Other performers included: Burbage Band; John McGrother; Phoenix Stage School; Mad Hatters; Four to the Bar; Banat Shalale; and The Billerettes.

Dozens of stalls operated by local charities sold unusual Christmas gifts with stall holders dressed in traditional Dickensian period costume.

The event was organised by the Mayoral Charities Committee.