Orange Pip breaks the record again!

The attendance record for Orange Pip Market was once again smashed as crowds flocked to the monthly street food celebration.

Official crowd figures put the number of people at the August instalment of Orange Pip as around 10,600 – even more than attended the Summer Special in Centre Square in June.

As well as benefiting from the good weather the event also landed on the same day as a Boro home game with many fans in attendance before and after the match.

The Summer Special Orange Pip attracted more than 9,000 people and the average attendance for the event has been put at around 6,500.

Cllr Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough’s Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for City Centre Strategy, said: “It’s great to see more and more people enjoying Orange Pip Market. It’s designed as an open and inclusive event with the aim of offering something for everyone so to see such high numbers is really pleasing.

“As well as being a great day out Orange Pip is also playing an important part in the local economy and I want to say thank you to everyone who makes the event run so smoothly as well as the traders and all local businesses who help make the event a highlight in so many people’s calendar.”

Orange Pip Market launched in May last year offering street food, art and live music performances on Baker Street. It quickly expanded onto Bedford Street and after a summer sojourn to Centre Square is now bigger than ever having expanded further onto Albert Road.

Each month now sees more than 40 traders pitched up selling their artisan produce and many punters enjoying the craft beers and real ales of the popular micropubs in the centre of Middlesbrough.

• The next Orange Pip Market takes place on Saturday, September 30.

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