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Continental fare attracts crowds.

blooming marvellous Leo Muytjens of Dutch flower and plant suppliers Van De Haar

sweet sensation Serving at the confectionery stall are, left to right, Tim Ross, Klaus Stoettwig, Susi Stoettwig and Stefan Schaefer

Market proves a big hit

HUDDERSFIELD is being treated to all things Continental.

A German and Dutch market was opened yesterday in the town centre and drew large crowds.

Traditional stalls from the two countries have been set up along New Street in the town centre for a market which runs until Sunday.

Stalls sell a variety of plants, food, drink and pottery and visitors are encouraged to browse with ease, sampling the many different sorts of food on offer.

Fourteen-year-old Joe Macleod said: "It's very tasty food and they're all very polite because they let you try everything.

"I've tried cheese, salami and mushrooms so far!"

Another customer came to Huddersfield from Halifax to experience the market. He said: "There's nothing like this in Halifax so it's brilliant to do this. It's nicely set out and looks really good."

The market traders have come from all over Germany and Holland to tour the UK.

Stefan Schaefer and Susi and Klaus Stoettwig from Stukenbrock in Germany are selling their handmade sweets at this weeks event.

Mrs Stoettwig said: "We like England and the English people and we are having lots of customers. Huddersfield is a nice town."

Events Officer Maria Wilson, of Kirklees Council, said: "All towns seem to have the same high street shops and so the market is just here to bring something a bit different to the town.

"We're hoping for good weather this week so hopefully people will come down and experience the markets.

"On Saturday and Sunday there will be someone playing traditional German and Dutch music with an accordion so people can sit and enjoy some traditional food with a glass of wine or beer and be entertained."

The German and Dutch Market is open from 10am-6pm and will close on Sunday.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2007
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