Festive fun for all at Roman Road Market

This month, Roman Road punters can enjoy music and entertainment as they shop for bargains in the run up to Christmas.

Roller skating elves, comedians and musiciansare just some of the acts Tower Hamlets Council has lined up to entertain shoppers every Saturday in December, from 11am to 3pm.

On Saturday, December 1, actor Gary Lucy kicked off the festive period by switching on the lights of a 22 feet Christmas tree installed on Gladstone Place.

He was joined by a juggling snowman, a one man band, a town crier and entertainers who sprinkled the crowd in fairy dust to get them into the festive spirit.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “Our markets are a great place for residents looking for bargains – not just at Christmas but all year round – and we want to celebrate our markets by getting people together to join in the festive fun.”

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ohid Ahmed,said: “We have some excellent markets in Tower Hamlets and each one has its own distinct character.

“With lots going on this month, December is the perfect time for people to head down to their local market to find out what’s on offer.”

Roman Road Market has seen some changes in recent weeks, following involvement from retail expert Mary Portas and a successful funding bid led by NHS Tower Hamlets in partnership with the council.

Visitors to the area can now enjoy hot food in Ewert Place and at a designated food court whichis being trialled until February 2013, at which point it will be reviewed.

The food court also includes a new bakery stall.

Shoppers using cars have the added bonus of two hours free parking on Saturdays on the roads around the market and at the car park at the junction of Roman Road and St Stephen’s Road.

For more information about markets in Tower Hamlets, please visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/markets

December 12, 2012