Coupar Angus was once again bustling with activity on Saturday as hundreds of people turned out to visit the first street market in the East Perthshire town in around 10 years.
Organisers described the response to the event as “fantastic”, despite being set against the backdrop of wet and windy weather conditions.
The stalls at the Cross offered local produce and crafts, ranging from soup bags and cupcakes to jewellery, pottery, knitwear, soap and bags – as well as the cycle guide written by Coupar Angus resident John Palyfreyman.
The market was organised by volunteer group Coupar Angus Food Focus, which has spent months sorting out the logistics behind putting on the market after the event’s long hiatus.
Wendy McCombes, part of Coupar Angus Food Focus, told the Blairie: “It has been great, the people of Coupar Angus have turned out to support this initiative and we estimate to have had between 200-300 people here throughout the day – which, considering the weather, is fantastic.
“There are eight stalls here and 12 stallholders, some of us are doubling and tripling up to maximise the space available, and we are all offering local produce and products that have been grown or crafted locally, within about an eight-mile radius.
“The street market is a great way to showcase the range of talent and craftsmanship in this area and the support from local businesses, entrepreneurs and the community as a whole has been brilliant.”
Angela Campbell and Grant Macdonald, both from Coupar Angus, stocked up with various flavours of soup bag, filled with locally grown ingredients, and were delighted with their morning’s shopping.
Angela commented: “The soups are affie good, and it is good to see the market back.”
The next street market in Coupar Angus will take place on Saturday, September 21, coinciding with Doors Open Weekend.
Thereafter the market will take place on the third Saturday of every month until November before resuming in March, weather permitting.