This week Whitehaven Town Council hosted the Cumbrian Traders Markets. 

Businesses and entrepreneurs gathered in stalls in the town centre and welcomed crowds of people to buy their goods. 

The markets proved to be very successful with Grasmere Gingerbread and the Cumbrian Gin stall proving to be very popular. 

The markets were held in St Nicholas' Gardens on Friday, May 26. 

Gerard Richardson, who helped to organise the event said: "These were some of the first markets to start in Whitehaven after the town's traditional markets died a death. 

"We decided to revitalize them a few years ago and all the feedback that we've had has been very positive. 

"These things are a sell-out each time, I say this as the stalls are free but there's always a waiting list to go on them. 

"We're always trying to refresh stalls and get new faces there, the location is good too and I think it complements the markets that we set up last year in King Street, the Entrepreneurs' Markets, I think it complements having something to offer in different parts of the town. 

"Grasmere Gingerbread and the gin stall were both very popular, the gin comes from Ulverston and is exceptionally popular. 

"But Grasmere Gingerbread is kind of the rock star of the county in terms of social media and business reach they're right up there with Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, they're known internationally, so to get them to come to these markets is a superb win for us. 

"The last Friday of each month until August there will be a repeat market and as we say we're always looking for new stallholders who haven't had the chance to come forward and certainly if any stallholders want to come and have their own gazebo we'll be able to find them space. 

"We've got the big town event in July which is a massive continental market and fair with street theatre which will be on for four days, it's the first four days of the summer holidays so it should be really popular.

 "We've also got the annual Science Fair sponsored by Sellafield and that's on June 29, that's been growing every year we've got many attractions from Sellafield going on this year."