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Market – Stockport Viking Medieval Market 2014
Sat 25 October 2014 @ 10:00 am - Sun 26 October 2014 @ 4:00 pmFree
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Our first venture into a three day event with a full live music program covering five stages, the Seven Miles Out Arts Centre, several shops, the whole Market Place, a dungeon, Staircase House Museum and a 12th century church!
Friday evening began with Serpentyne completing an eight and a half hour drive from London to hit the stage at 8:05pm. They then played their own acoustic support spot, followed by a dance session with full audience participation, over an hour of full band electric Medieval dance music ending with the theme from ‘Black Adder’ – a very special night for the 70 plus fans who attended and a massive thank you to the band for the whole weekend (especially from the fan from Peterborough who got a birthday cake from Maggie complete with lit candles!) Spectacular to hear the band in concert in a 12th century gothic church.
Saturday saw the combined Viking Medieval Market and regular trading Market, which proved a tight fit choreographed to perfection by manager Paul and his market staff team. The family of stall holders which has now grown around the VMM pulled together incredibly well once again to deliver two days of unique trading from ancient pie recipes to gothic hats.
We were also joined for two days by local jazz band Pretty Eclectic whos outstanding female vocalist is also a Stockport Market trader. In principle Saturday also saw the launch of ‘The Earls Of The North’ with Mark Olly, Jehan Quartermain and Tony Higginson initially taking the helm and every VMM re-enactor and trader now invited to join.
Rev Roger Scoones (vicar), Sue Heap (curate), and their team of volunteers at St Mary’s On-The-Market-Place merit a special mention with the ringing of Medieval church bells across the site over lunch time Saturday for the first time in 5 years and breakfast being supplied to all campers on the Sunday morning.
On Sunday the ‘Teenage Market’ brought together a collection of really talented younger traders and a radio stage broadcasting across Manchester from the arts centre, with bands and event organizers being interviewed live on air. As Leafblade concluded their concert in the church on Sunday evening, Rev Scoones closed the event with a fond farewell and a wish to see us all again next year.