Lib Dems back a longer Christmas Market as a vital boost to local economy

By BathNES Lib Dems 🔶, Jul 01, 2021 12:07

Bath Christmas Market will be extended for an additional week as part of the council’s commitment to support stall holders and traders as they recover from the impact of Covid-19.

It is the first time in the market’s 20-year history that it will run for 25 days. This year it will launch with a residents’ night on Wednesday 24th November and finish on Sunday 19th December.

B&NES council leader, Councillor Kevin Guy commented:

"I have asked that we extend Bath Christmas Market so it runs for an additional week. The market provides a huge boost not just to the stall holders but also to our retail, accommodation, hospitality and tourism sectors and this year it will play a critical role in helping business get back on its feet."

"I’ve been talking to businesses and what I am hearing is ‘why does the market finish so soon in the run-up to Christmas?’ This year is an opportunity for us to trial an extension and run it closer to Christmas."

"I hope this will give more people the chance to visit the city and spend more time at the market which I’d say is one of the best, if not the best, in the world!”

Bath MP Wera Hobhouse said:

"I am delighted that B&NES Council is holding the Christmas Market for an extended period this year. This will give businesses much needed footfall and an extra boost as we recover from the pandemic."

Lib Dem councillor for Kingsmead ward Cllr Sue Craig added:

"The Christmas Market is such an important event for the city centre. I will be working with the organisers to ensure that any disruption to residents is minimised. I'm pleased that the Market will open with a preview evening for residents on Wednesday 24th November."

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