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Continental touch making a return; Months of special markets in town centre.

Byline: By NEIL ATKINSON News Editor

A FRENCH market will herald the start of another season of street markets for Kirklees.

The French Continental Market will be in Huddersfield from Thursday, April 3, to Sunday, April 6.

The market will fill New Street with an array of French and European produce, including the famous mobile boulangerie which bakes award-winning French breads and patisseries in four large ovens.

Baking starts at 4.30am with the market open at 9am until 5pm (Sunday 10am to 4.30pm).

Other traders will offer jewellery, bags, cheese, smoked meats, soap, garlic and other fruit and vegetables from across the channel.

Clr Ken Sims, Kirklees Cabinet Member for regeneration, said "Once again we are lucky to have such a tremendous amount of activity in our towns and markets.

"I am looking forward to visiting the superb street markets throughout the spring, as well as the fabulous markets taking place in our town centres each week."

April 6, sees the opening of the Sunday Market in Holmfirth town centre. Shoppers can enjoy a stroll around the town, browsing through the stalls, which will sell jewellery, clothing, gifts, rugs, cushions, curtains and much more. The market will run every Sunday until Christmas.

The Holmfirth Craft Market will be showcasing unusual and traditional craft items on Saturdays throughout the year, including extended opening at Easter and May bank holiday weekends.

And Holmfirth is also the location for the Festival of Folk, when folk traders will join the regular craft traders in the market hall on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11.

Goods on sale will include handmade clogs, clothing, jewellery, music and many more folk and craft items.

In Huddersfield on Thursday, May 29, shoppers in New Street can enjoy a German and European market until Sunday, June 1.

Goods on sale include Dutch cheese, German sausage, Spanish paella, sweets, handmade English soap, fresh pancakes, scarves and much more.

The Dutch flower garden, which offers a large selection of plants, will once again fill the street with a sea of fresh plants.

Shoppers will be able to enjoy some freshly cooked German bratwurst, washed down by German beer or wine, while soaking up the atmosphere, if not the sun, in the German beer garden.

The regular farmers' markets will take place in Huddersfield on the second Sunday of each month and in Holmfirth on the third Sunday of every month and at Cleckheaton on the first Saturday.

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SWEET DREAMS: Klaus Stottwig, of Hanover, at his continental market stall in New Street last year
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2008
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