Bad weather delayed the launch of a new festive market in Sheffield – which was finally due to open today.
Dozens of stalls are lined up along The Moor for the market which was due to run from yesterday until Saturday, but rain, winds and hail caused the opening day to be set back.
A spokesman for The Moor said it had been delayed because of bad weather but was due to open today.
Carol singers have been lined up to appear to entertain the crowds on Saturday, and the stalls on the festive market sell items from clothing to homeware.
Sandra Barley, The Moor centre liaison manager, said: “We’ve had a great year of events on The Moor and this market is a fabulous continuation of that giving more choice to shoppers as they plough their way through their Christmas lists.
“We want to bring a true Christmas spirit to The Moor and to make Christmas shopping a more relaxed and fun experience for all the family.”
Thousands of people are also expected to head to the city’s Sharrowvale market on Sunday.
It is held quarterly and is also a boost to nearby independent traders who open on Sundays especially for the day.
It begins at noon and runs until 4pm.
In the run-up to Christmas, The Moor Market is also open on Sundays until 4.30pm and until 6pm on weekdays throughout December.
Longer opening hours could be introduced permanently at the indoor market – which has now been open for a year – if the trial is a success.
Free parking is also available in on street bays and in council car parks after 2pm this and next Saturday.