ONE year on from the big Christmas controversy, a major retailer is still unhappy with Bournemouth’s festive market, even though most traders are said to be content.
Beales boss Tony Brown caused a storm last year after describing the market in the town square as “burgers, booze and tat”.
The market operators S&D Leisure have upped their game with public events this year.
But Mr Brown told the Echo: “I think it’s not a lot different.
“We should be encouraging good quality Christmas markets. I would cite the example of Winchester.
“A bit more craft, a bit more food and a lot more innovation.”
He is pushing for a market that focuses on high-quality retailers.
The current market is based around socialising – the biggest attractions are a gluhwein bar and a stage that has hosted brass bands and DJs.
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