Farmers’ market to be relaunched in Aberdeen with host of stalls set to return

A popular city centre market that was cancelled after operating for nearly two decades will return this month.

Belmont Street Farmers’ Market has taken place on the last Saturday of the month for the last 17 years.

It was organised by the owners of Apardion Aberdeen, a security and facilities management company in the city.

Owner John Macfarlane said they decided to cancel the event in order to focus on other areas of the business.

He said: “My wife and I are clapped out so decided we better step back. We run a facilities management business which is quite extensive so we decided to concentrate on the business and hand it over to someone else.”

He added: “We wish them all the success and good luck. We really enjoyed doing the market.”

The market was cancelled in May but will return on July 29 from 9am to 3pm.

The market, which is now to be organised by the people who run the monthly Thistle Street market, will be held on the last Saturday of every month until December and then every Saturday prior to Christmas.

Geoff Cooper, Aberdeen Inspired city centre manager, said: “We’re very pleased to have been working to support the return of the Belmont Street market which was always very popular with residents and visitors to the city centre for so many years. Many of the favourite stalls will be returning and the market will also showcase local products from Aberdeen and the wider North-east.

“We hope people turn out and support the re-launched market so it can have a profitable and sustainable future for years to come.”

Dustin MacDonald, chairman of Aberdeen City Centre Community Council, welcomed the return of the event.

He said: “It was always very busy and a good use of the street. “It brought a buzz to that area during the day, although it is traditionally busy in the evening, it is nice to see it busy in the day time.”

He added: “It’s great that it helps local traders and because it brings more people to the area it also helps businesses in the surrounding area.”