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A new name on the cards

SOLIHULL’S German Market looks set to return this year, but it might have a slightly different name.

SOLIHULL’S German Market looks set to return this year, but it might have a slightly different name.

The event - which was held for the first time last December - has been hailed a big success by Solihull Council.

But it could drop the German from the title, after some shoppers complained about the lack of European traders.

A report admits that it had been difficult to get hold of genuine German goods and storeholders and the focus could be broadened out in future years.

Despite this, the event was “extremely popular” - pulling in 10,000 extra shoppers on the first and last day of opening.

Overall, the number of visitors to Mell Square, during the festive period, was down on 2008 - but the local authority has blamed this on the recession.

As well as the possible name-change, this year’s market is likely to start slightly earlier - probably in the last week of November.

It’s also likely to be larger than last year’s fair, with more planning involved and greater co-operation between the leading partners.

At a cabinet meeting on Friday, Coun Kate Wild agreed that officers should continue planning markets over a three-year-period.

But this year’s event would still need the green light from the planning committee.

 

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