Braintree's seasonal markets have been hailed as a big success after drawing hundreds of shoppers to the town centre over the festive period.

The markets brought in an additional 25 new stall holders to add to regular traders across the first four Saturdays in December.

On the last day, a food court was created which Braintree Council said received extremely positive feedback from residents.

Dan Radmore, of The Bradford Street Meat Company, said the business hoped the food market could become a permanent fixture in the town.

He said: "It has been an amazing opportunity to feed the people of Braintree and beyond and it was so exciting to work alongside the town’s local businesses.

"The feedback we received from the locals was superb – we were told on several occasions that the buzz of the market brought life back into the town and gave a London food market feel, which was music to our ears.

Other festive events in the town also included Braintree Council's Reindeer Trail, which more than 100 children took part in.

Marita Holland, of Nonna’s Pizza & Grill, said: "It was a wonderful opportunity to serve new and returning customers and to work alongside and support other local businesses.

"We have received tremendous feedback and hope to be back in the town centre on a more regular basis.”

Tom Cunningham, councillor responsible for Economic Development said: "I am so delighted that the Christmas markets, as well as our whole Festival of Christmas offering was a success and encouraged many shoppers and visitors into the town.

"Improving our town centres is very important to us and that’s why we are continuing to work hard to unlock our town centre’s future potential as a modern, vibrant and prosperous place.”

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