Night market lights up evening for Walsall shoppers

Hundreds of shoppers packed out Walsall town centre for the latest night market which attracted a record number of stalls.

Hundreds of people wander through Walsall’s night market enjoying the record number of stalls and a wealth of musical entertainment on offer
Hundreds of people wander through Walsall’s night market enjoying the record number of stalls and a wealth of musical entertainment on offer

Musicians and theatre groups were among those on hand to entertain the crowds of visitors who descended for last night’s event which was the third time the market had been held.

Among them was 31-year-old Sally Parsley who was attending for the second time.

She said: “It was a really good night and the atmosphere was really nice. I decided to come down with my aunt because one of her colleagues had mentioned it to her and she told me about it.

“We bought some jewellery and it is just something really nice for the town.”

Joyce Marshall had a stall at the market selling hand-knitted clothes.

The 72-year-old, from Walsall Wood, took part in the last night market which was held in March. She said: “I thought it was brilliant. There were loads of people and it was really well-organised and I was very pleased with how it went.

“I think it is a really good idea and it is something a bit different which is getting people into the town.”

Walsall Council regeneration chief Adrian Andrew also attended with his family. He said: “The atmosphere was brilliant and it was great to see the town so busy.

“We had a lot going on with street performances and music, which is really adding something to the event.

“In these difficult financial times we need to do all we can to get people into the town and hopefully those who come and see what the night markets are about will be encouraged to keep coming to Walsall.

“We had more markets than before and I think it was another successful evening.”

Around 70 traders took up pitches at the second night market when it was held in the town centre in March.