Orange Pip Market – set to be held in Middlesbrough centre tomorrow (Saturday, October 28) – has been forced to cancel over safety concerns due to expected high winds.
The structures the market requires, including stalls and the stage, cannot be put up in the conditions expected tomorrow.
Middlesbrough Council has accepted the recommendations that it would be unsafe to go ahead with the October edition of the monthly event and is now wanting to inform the thousands of Orange Pip fans that it has been a necessary decision to take.
A spokesman said: “It’s devastating to have to cancel Orange Pip Market but public safety and that of our stallholders and our performers and artists is paramount – structures simply cannot be built in the forecasted conditions. It’s even harder to announce this on a lovely sunny day such as today, but it’s completely unavoidable.
“At the start of the week forecasts suggested that the weather would be within acceptable guidelines for the event to be run safely, however in the last 24 hours this has deteriorated rapidly.”
Orange Pip has been cancelled once before due to similar weather conditions on Christmas Eve last year.
The market will return as usual next month on Saturday, November 25 and then again for its Christmas special on Christmas Eve. It will then take a winter break for three months and return in April 2018.
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.
Sorry for leaving you for so long -the market got a teensy bit busy and we had to attend to that. We are a small team so please forgive us.
Anyway, we’re back and its almost springtime!
Orange Pip Market re launches on March 25 from 12 noon until 7pm and it will be as fabulous as ever. Glorious food, arts and live music – you know the score. Full line-up coming soonish.
In the meantime, get us in your diaries – here are our dates for the whole year!
- Mar 25
- Apr 29
- May 27
- June 24
- July 29
- Aug 26
- Sep 30
- Oct 28
- Nov 25
- Dec 24