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Tasty treats on final day of Victorian market

By citizenmike  |  Posted: November 25, 2012

  • Albert Luker from Samuelsons of Witney stall

  • Christine Brown from The Magic Hamper stall

  • Pia Cato, from Vanilla Pod, in Cheltenham

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Delicious deli food, perfect pizzas and carefully crafted cupcakes were just some of the treats on offer at Gloucester Quay's Victorian Christmas market last week.

The four-day extravaganza saw thousands of people descend on Gloucester despite heavy rain.

Pia Cato, from Vanilla Pod in Cheltenham, served up a selection of cakes. She said: "Our millionaire shortbread has been a winner.

"This is our third time coming here and really enjoy it. We get to meet our customers and dress up."

Other traders travelled from afar. Rory Nelson and his brother Charlie, from Oxford, cooked up pizzas while Christine Brown donned a classic costume on her daughter Annick's stall which sold cupcakes, preserves and truffles.

For more pictures see Monday's Citizen.

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  • Magicplums  |  November 26 2012, 9:30PM

    Typical TIG comments, moan, moan, moan. We went with our 11 month old, yes it was busy, yes we couldn't move, yes getting near a stall you wanted to see was a pain in the backside and yes, people were ignaront and got in the way of our pushchair, but we just got on with it because thats what you do! You go to any big event, you will have the same issues, thats a testiment to just how popular it was. It makes a huge change to have something in Gloucester that was worth visiting and I sincerely hope it happens again next year, the year after that and the year after that. For years people have moaned that in Gloucester we do nothing at Christmas, and after a few disappointments and failures (like a giant tent in kings square??) something decent comes along and still people moan!? Be thankful we even have the quays here, bringing tourists, trade AND MONEY to our fair city, let alone the fantastic Christmas market we had the pleasure of having.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 26 2012, 8:44PM

    If you want to complain about the traffic and parking please post on the correct story! http://tinyurl.com/cqj5uo9 As anyone who lives in the area knows the problems where caused by inconsiderate drivers blocking junctions and the entrance to Southgate Street car park. If you live half a mile away as one poster said then unless you have a really good excuse walk you might just enjoy it and it would be good for your health or parked down Spa Road area (there where empty spaces all of Sunday) @charloieboy - You also missed the o out when you typed your comment...

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  • adrian2010  |  November 26 2012, 7:51PM

    I went with my young family 1&1/2 years and 3 month old baby. We loved it! brilliant event well done will be going next year. I don't get it, people moan when there is nothing on at the quays and moan when there is! Stay at home then I'm happy with that I don't want to spend my Christmas around misery! People say parking was terrible I shan't be going next year! Don't then! instead they should be thinking parking was terrible like at any large event or sporting event would be if you park directly on it, next time I'll park in town or with a little walk away so as not to get stuck in traffic.

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  • charloieboy  |  November 26 2012, 5:15PM

    What ever happened to freedom of speech. Just because I critised the Quays my comment was took off!! Come on TIG be fair

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  • charloieboy  |  November 26 2012, 5:07PM

    what's wrong with the word a b s o l u t e l y ? why blank it out?

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  • charloieboy  |  November 26 2012, 5:07PM

    First and last visit to Quays. Although only living half a mile away we had to detour around the bypass to get there thinking there had been an accident. Had to park on 4th floor and waited nearly 15 minutes before being able to get in the lift to go down!! We couldn't get to the market - which was why we went as it was a solid jam of people and deemed too dangerous for my elderly mum after a wheelcair ran into my leg and cut it. So we gave it up as a bad job, finally got back to the car and thenit took 1hour 5 minutes to move 12 ft!!! Abo****ely horrendous and extreemly dangerous should there have been an incident and the place had to be evacuated! We will never go again.

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  • bdoggydawg  |  November 26 2012, 3:41PM

    What a great job done! The market well exceeded my expectations. Well done Gloucester, you've done us proud!!!

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  • Stuartl2010  |  November 26 2012, 1:47AM

    I should add that we parked in the Longsmith Street car park, loads of spaces, 5 minute walk from the Quays and no queues getting in or out!

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  • Stuartl2010  |  November 26 2012, 1:45AM

    Shame to see so many negative comments on here. We went late this morning and yes it was very busy but it was great. All those complaining how busy it was would also have complained about the lack of atmosphere had there been only a few people there! As for the goods being overpriced, yes, those people looking for cheese, cider and chutney at Tesco prices would be disappointed but these were handmade locally and will always cost more than mass-produced stuff. We bought some cheese and chutney and had it for lunch when we got home. I will definately be going next year. Well done Gloucester Quays, another great event and something to put Gloucester on the map!!

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  • uggers2k  |  November 25 2012, 9:11PM

    Utterly terrible time. It was a nightmare and very dangerous especially for my small children who were squashed, pushed and we could not see anything. It also took me an hour to get out of the Quays carpark, which was horrendous and a joke. Very poor. The management of the Quays need to look into this. A shambles of an experience and I for one will not be going back.

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