Forecasted strong winds and rain have prompted the organisers of artisan markets in Harrogate and Knaresborough to cancel this weekend’s events.
Little Bird Artisan Markets was due to stage its monthly Knaresborough market on Saturday.
The organisers were also planning to hold their first regular monthly market in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens on Sunday after a successful Christmas market trial at the same location in December.
Both markets were fully booked by stallholders.
Winds are predicted to reach up to 44mph in the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday. Storm Malik brought similarly strong winds seven days ago.
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Organisers say they had little choice but to cancel due to concerns over the safety of stallholders and visitors.
Jackie Crozier, managing director of Little Bird Markets, said:
“We are sad about cancelling. The decision was not made lightly but we really do have to put health and safety first.
“We were expecting a busy weekend, our marketing has been strong and the online buzz about the events has been amazing.
“We hoped the weather was going to improve, but we have just had to cancel, and we are devastated.”
Little Bird Markets will be back in Knaresborough on March 5 and Harrogate Valley Gardens on March 6.