Buxton’s new-look market has been given an official opening by the town’s mayor, as over a thousand people are estimated to have attended the newly-relaunched event.
Saturday saw around 40 stall holders pack onto the market place - a stark contrast to the days in recent years when only three or four spots would be filled.
And the event was so successful that market manager Lindsay Fieldhouse is already thinking about ambitious expansion plans.
She said: “All the reaction so far has been really positive and the traders had such a successful day that many have booked to come again already.
“We have some great new stallholders such as Hilltop Curries, who make fantastic south Indian dishes, and we still have some of the stalwarts as well who have been here for over 20 years.
“When I took on the job I knew it would be a challenge, but I think Buxton deserves a really good market.”
Lindsay, who is from the Hope Valley, said her mum used to take her on visits to Buxton as child.
She was appointed to her current role in February and says the last few months have been ‘incredibly busy’.
“We were officially opened by the mayor who gave a really nice speech, saying the people of Buxton will support the market as long as it is here,” Lindsay said.
“In the longer term we want to expand down on to the other car park as well, but we’ll spend a bit of time getting this site working well first.
“At the moment Saturday is the biggest day, but in time we want to make Tuesdays just as big.”
Specially for the big day, Lindsay organised a musical accompaniment for the first shoppers in the form of two bands, which she said gave the event a ‘really nice vibe’.
Also present were a number of clowns who turned up ‘out of the blue’ from the Storybag Theatre Company to entertain the crowds.
Lindsay is still looking to recruit a couple of new members of the stall crew, and anyone interested can call 07487 764028.