Medieval market vendors complain after wind damage

MARKET STALLED: Some complained the annual event should have been postponed due to stormy weather.

STALLHOLDERS at the Medieval Market in Orihuela have questioned why the event was not postponed in view of the bad weather.

 They say high winds throughout the weekend affected visitor numbers and sales. “An absolute waste of time and money,” said one of the traders, some of whom had to pack up as merchandise and stalls were damaged. 

Councillor for Fiestas Carolina Gracia said early morning gusts on Friday had caused some damage resulting in the inaugural address at the town hall being delayed to ensure the safety of visitors, but  reported a full market later on in the day.

Stallholders criticised the management and town hall saying the market should have been suspended so they could have “prevented their losses.” 

The event co-ordinator Alberto Almagro said many stalls were protected from the wind in the narrow streets, but he conceded: “Perhaps it would have been better to suspend the event.”

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