Midsummer Market is a big hit

There was more than food and crafts on the menu as Duns Volunteer Hall hosted a Midsummer Market last Wednesday.

The hall is no stranger to a market after local action group A Heart for Duns revived the town’s monthly market at the end of last year.

Organisers of the Midsummer Market at Duns Voulenteer Hall found adding live music and a BBQ gave a boost to visitor numbers

Organisers of the Midsummer Market at Duns Voulenteer Hall found adding live music and a BBQ gave a boost to visitor numbers

But things were taken up a notch for last week’s extravaganza which attracted 364 people.

There were more stall holders than usual and with the sun shining outside it was the ideal night for a barbecue and some al fresco entertainment which arrived courtesy of Peelham Farm and Berwickshire High Jazz Band and Holly Thomas, Ashleigh Wright and Lizzie Lerpiniere.

Summer themed songs filled the air outside and in the hall as the jazz band’s front woman Amy Clark lent her voice to the likes of ‘Summertime’, and ‘Sunny Afternoon’.

There was a long queue at Peelham’s stall as people decided whether to go for a beef, lamb or pork burger and their hunger pangs were kept at bay by Duns Opera trio Holly, Ashleigh and Lizzie who belted out 80s classics such as ‘Hungry Eyes’ and ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’.

Inside the hall trade was brisk for the many stall holders who set up shop for the event.

Carol McIntyre heard about the market after reading ‘The Berwickshire News’ and booked herself a table to sell her sweet treats.

Based at her home in Reston, her business has only been up and running since April but her confectionary themed cakes and candy carousel proved popular.

It was also a good night for Edgar Mueller and his business The Honest Crust, with his quiche lorraine, roast vegetable quiche and proscuitto quiche proving particularly popular.

Edgar described the Midsummer Market as “a wonderful event.” which was a sentiment echoed by many including Heart for Duns chairman Jim Cook.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day and the support has been fantastic,” he said.

“We were hoping that the timing of the event would bring in a younger crowd and it certainly did.

“We were thrilled with the turnout and the feedback we’ve had.

“The popularity of the market demonstrated that we need this type of event in Duns and that the hall is most definitely required.”