Linthouse Christmas market success

18 Dec 2006

A Christmas market in Linthouse has been hailed a success by organisers - for the second year running.

The LUV market, on Govan Road, saw visitors enjoy a cavalcade of stalls selling wares from leather masks and photographs to Argentinian hand-painted gifts and jewellery from Guatemala.

And with activities such as glass painting, wood turning and card reading on offer, there was more than plenty for everyone.

Ingrid Campbell, who organised the market and who runs the nearby LUV gallery, admitted she was "absolutely delighted" with the turnout that included santa and his elves.

She said: "The day went well and it was steadily busy all afternoon despite the rain.

"There are markets in the city centre and the west end, and we want to highlight Govan as an exciting place to come and visit as well.

"Also, our market is slightly different from the Govan market; we were going for more of an arts and crafts kind of theme.

"Depending on funding, we hope to hold it again next year. Linthouse Housing Association paid for it this year and the previous year it had been Scottish Enterprise.

"There are a lot of costs for marketing and advertising, and we do not charge the stall holders as many of them are new enterprises.

"This allows lots of people - many from the local area - to try out the things they've made for the first time to a local audience, and it puts Govan on the map.

"Linthouse lost a bit of its spirit after the tunnel was built in the 60s and I suppose we are trying to make it back into an urban village and like all villages they would have a Christmas market.

"I would like to be a bit earlier next time and give visitors a chance to use it as part of their Christmas shopping."

Artist Emma Bibby, whose paintings and prints stall was one of the markets busiest, said: "I was here last year and, personally, it was an overwhelming success.

"Because there are no real overheads, I can afford to sell my work slightly cheaper than at an art gallery.

"That gives everybody a chance to afford something for themselves or a loved one."

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