A MARKET set up to help regenerate Bradford city centre has expanded to monthly events after proving popular with shoppers.

Made Bradford opened for the first time in Darley Street in March to give a boost to the area after a period of decline in footfall.

The market, supported by Bradford Council, is for traders from the district and Yorkshire, features stalls for original artists, crafters, designers and creative food producers and for anyone looking to buy something original in Bradford city centre.

It has been organised by Jonathan Smith, Shy Burhan and Matt Lamont, to tempt shoppers who usually go to the Broadway into other parts of the city centre.

The first one was held to coincide with the Creative Streets events on Darley Street, including music, arts and street performances.

The market opened on Darley Street during the weekend of the Tour de Yorkshire when it came to Bradford in April.

It will next be held on Saturday, July 22, between 11am and 6pm, as part of the North Parade Music and Arts Festival and feature 12 gazebos selling items including pies and cookies.

Made Bradford markets will then take place in conjunction with the Bradford Festival on July 29 and 30, also in Centenary Square, from 10am until 4pm on both days.

The Bradford Classic Car Show, held in City Park, will also be the date for a Made Bradford market, on Saturday, August 12, between noon and 4pm.

The autumn will bring markets on September 2, October 7, November 4 and 25, and Christmas markets held on December 2 and 16, all of which will take place on Darley Street.

Miss Burhan said: “We are really thrilled to announce the extra markets and are thrilled to have become a core part of the city centre.

“The event in North Parade will be great too. It is such a big festival now. The organisers approached us after they said they need an outside organisation to help them.It is booming there and we want to be part of the scene on the day.”

She added the project has proven a huge success for shoppers after just three day’s of events, as it aims to become a further retail fixture in Bradford.

She said: “We want to be the one organisation to go to for outdoor markets in Bradford.

“The whole point of the market is to regenerate the city centre, especially for the top and the middle of it. The original idea was to bring people in to the city centre and we were always going to try that.

“We feel we are part of the Bradford city centre make-up.

“We are really flattered that the Council have believed in the Made Bradford.

“It can only get bigger.”

Anyone looking to hire a stall for any of the market dates, is urged to email info@madebradford.co.uk or enquiries@madebradford.co.uk, or go to eventbrite.co.uk/e/made-bradford-monthly-market-tickets.