A MOROCCAN market in Sheffield city centre has proved so popular that it is due to return at Christmas and next year.
Forty craftsmen set up stall in Fargate as part of a UK tour sponsored by the Moroccan Government to encourage the survival of traditional handicrafts.
It arrived on Thursday last week and was due to end on Monday, but stayed an extra day with the support of the traders and the council.
The market will be in Liverpool for its Christmas celebrations - and there are plans to bring it back to Sheffield, also for Christmas, as well as for a full week next year.
Director Aziz Afkir said: “This is a wedding between England and Morocco! Everywhere we go it has been fantastic.
“It is something different and we have come at the right time to cheer people up!
“Sheffield is very friendly, a very cosmopolitan city. The market has been very well received, both ways.”
The glorious weather has provided the ideal backdrop for the sale of Moroccan leather goods, wood and metal crafts, pottery, fabrics and food.
“When they signed the contract in Morocco, they said they were going to bring the sunshine with them!” said Aziz.
“In Manchester it was raining but everywhere else it has been fantastic weather.”
Anybody wanting to get into the spirit by haggling would have been disappointed, though.
“Some people think they are in the souk but this is a team of skilled workers and they are not in it for money. This is art.
“They are there for people to see their products.”
The Moroccan Market is part of a programme of specialist market events brought to the city by the council’s markets team.
The much larger Continental Market returns today (Thursday) until Sunday. A Tunisian Souk returns from November 23 to 27.