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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 28 March, Saturday 29 March and Sunday 30 March.

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 ensures the market creates a continental atmosphere to the city centre.

City centre manager Tom Moore said: "We will see many of the old favourites, but there are also some newcomers, with traders from 15 countries. We get some great feedback from visitors including overseas students and workers living in the city and further afield that tell us that the market gives them a sense of home which is why they enjoy so much."

The market is managed by Dutchman Guy Nyhuis from Paris-based operators Geraud. He said: "The traders always look forward to coming to Aberdeen. It remains one of their favourite locations in Europe. We are constantly searching the world for new products which we are sure will tempt first-time visitors to the market and return-visitors too."

In order for the market to be accommodated in the city centre the following traffic restrictions will be in place from 5am on Friday 28 March until 10pm on Sunday 30 March:

  • Union Terrace will be closed between Union Street and Rosemount Viaduct, including the slip road between Rosemount Viaduct and Union Terrace;
  • Diamond Place will be closed between Diamond Street and Union Terrace;
  • There will be no parking on Union Terrace or the slip road between Rosemount Viaduct and Union Terrace (except market operatives vehicles);
  • The right-turn ban for buses from Skene Street into Rosemount Viaduct will be suspended;
  • A diversion route will be in place via Union Street, Broad Street, Upperkirkgate, Schoolhill and Rosemount Viaduct.

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 27 March until 9pm on Sunday 30 March 2014.

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

The three-day market will return to Aberdeen on Friday 27 June, 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.