BRADFORD'S online Street Market is continuing during lockdown, with the next set of traders to sell their wares today.

The weekly market, which takes place on Facebook, has been running since the first lockdown in Spring, and has seen traders from across the region sell food, arts and crafts and other gifts during a time when it is much more difficult to go out and shop in person.

Over 250 businesses have taken part in the online Bradford Street Market since its launch and the market regularly attracts 5,500 shoppers browsing the virtual stalls.

Catherine Simes, who helped develop the market, said: "The first lockdown showed us how important markets were for keeping us connected and we’ve tried to recreate that atmosphere online bringing together independent businesses and their customers old and new. We’ve created a real market community of businesses and shoppers and we’ve brought a bit of fun and friendship to Thursdays too.

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“We want to do all we can to support our independents and each other during this difficult time. We've loved discovering Bradford's businesses together since April. We know what a talented, creative bunch we are in Bradford so now's the time to put our money where our mouths are and shop local. So please join us on Thursday and every Thursday up til Christmas – you’ll find something for everyone to help us get through this winter, whether it be a houseplant to brighten up your home, hand-knitted woolies to keep you warm, unique gifts, a bit of vintage, and fabulous food and drink producers to enjoy Christmas at home in style. Many of our stallholders can make individual, made-to-order gifts - they’d love to hear if you have any special requests. It’s that personalised service that people love.

"The beauty of the online market is that you can shop from the comfort of your own home, safe and Covid secure and knowing that you’re helping a small local business too. Grab a cuppa, invite your friends and spread the word. Who wouldn't want to spread a bit of cheer at the moment?”

To visit the market, go to the Bradford Street Market Facebook page throughout the day.