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International street market set to return to Aberdeen


The award winning international street market will return to Union Terrace, Aberdeen this weekend.

The popular three-day market will offer a huge selection of goods from around the world from 9am until 6pm on Friday 27 June, Saturday 28 June and Sunday 29 June.

An estimated 120,000 visitors and shoppers are expected in the city centre, keen to sample an array of products on sale from around the UK, Europe and Asia, spread over 350 metres of stalls.

Fresh foods, fruit and vegetables, plants, herbs and spices, food-tasting and stalls selling crafts, clothing, gifts and jewellery will ensure the market brings a continental atmosphere to the city centre.

City centre manager Tom Moore said: "The international market is a firm favourite with the tens of thousands of people who visit it over the course of the weekend. There are always lots of new produce on offer as well as some of the old favourites, which is why there are so many return visitors and it continues to attract new customers."

The market is managed by Dutchman Guy Nyhuis from Paris-based operators Geraud. He said: "The traders always enjoy coming to Aberdeen as it is one of their favourite locations in Europe."

The following temporary traffic restrictions will be in place:

  • Union Terrace (whole length) and Diamond Place -will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 5am on Friday 27 June 2014 to 5pm until Tuesday 01 July to accommodate Aberdeen international street market, Armed Forces Day Parade, the Queen's Baton Relay and the 4 SCOTS Battalion Homecoming Parade;
  • Union Terrace Slip Road (Between Rosemount Viaduct and Union Terrace) - will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 9am on Thursday 26 June 2014 until 5pm on Tuesday 01 July;
  • Rosemount Viaduct from Blackfriars Street to B9119 Skene Street - will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 6am until 11.59pm on Monday 30 June;
  • Skene Terrace (full length) - will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 12noon until 11.59pm on Monday 30 June;

The right-turn ban for buses from Skene Street into Rosemount Viaduct will be suspended.

To provide parking for market operatives vehicles, the normal pay-and-display parking restrictions and operations will be suspended on both sides of the Beach Boulevard, between its junctions with Wales Street (north side) and Hanover Street to opposite the east junction of Wales Street (south side), from 5pm on Thursday 26 June until 9pm on Sunday 29 June 2014.

The diversion route for the closure will be via Union Street / Broad Street / Upperkirkgate / Schoolhill / Rosemount Viaduct and vice versa.

The three-day market will return to Aberdeen on Friday 29 August and Friday 31 October 2014. For further information contact Tom Moore, city centre manager, Aberdeen City Council on (01224) 523444 or 07743492203.