'Such a shame', cry gutted shoppers as Christmas market AXED by town council 'because it's too dangerous' | The Sun

SHOPPERS have been left gutted after a Christmas market was axed by the town council because of a "safety" risk.

Christmas lovers were disappointed after a festive market in Derbyshire was cancelled.

Wirksworth Christmas Market boasts dozens of stalls selling artisanal decorations and delicious food and drink.

Organisers described the winter wonderland event as the "perfect start to your Christmas shopping".

They said: "Wind your way around our beautiful little town and discover an eclectic mix of fabulous independent shops.

"We'll have unique local gifts and delicious warming food and drinks, alongside music from some of Wirksworth's finest and even a grotto run in aid of Wirksworth Playgroup featuring the big guy himself."



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Locals flocked to the market for its vibrant street full of local artisans, bakers, jewelers, crafters, candle makers.

However, the long-waited festive event has been axed this year.

Traders were due to put up their stalls on December 3 at the town's Memorial Hall.

But the recent winter frost hitting the country has forced organisers to scrap the event.

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Wirksworth Town Council took to Facebook to announce to residents the sadnews.

A spokesperson said: "Due to the snow and poor road conditions, which will not allow stallholders and staff to safely travel and set up on site we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Christmas market today.

"Though visitors would be able to access the site, many stallholders were travelling from outer villages and towns."

Local Christmas lovers took to the comment section to share their disappointment, but acknowledged it was the right move.

One user said: "Gutted but a sensible decision don’t forget a few independent shops are open today if you're walking in the snow.

Another added: "Such a shame, but sensible to be safe, thanks to everyone for their efforts."

Another claimed that other markets were still on despite the weather.

She said: "A shame because Matlock is still on and they have had loads of snow."

In response, the council said the market in Hall Leys Park had more resources and is set indoors.

A spokesperson added: "Matlock have a much larger team and most stalls were set up yesterday so a very different situation unfortunately."

Wirksworth Town Council has been approached for comment.

It comes as hundreds of Brits have been left scrambling for answers after a popular Christmas market was suddenly cancelled just days before it was set to open.

Locals in the Suffolk town of Felixstowe, where the Beach Street Christmas Market was due to be held on December 7, are trying to get to the bottom of the last-minute axing.

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