IT WAS all change for Bangor High Street with the return of a weekly market.
Market superintendent Emyr Owen said around 15 stalls would be set up on the High Street today (Friday, October 18), with an additional 15 the next week.
He said: “This can only be good for the existing businesses in the city centre - I am very optimistic that as time goes on the market in Bangor will become one of the best in North Wales.”
The new market extends from Marks and Spencer to H&M on Bangor High Street.
Mr Owen, who also runs a market for Llangefni Social Enterprise, said the market would run every Friday until Christmas.
Shoppers on the High Street were in buoyant mood about the market's return.
Kelly Haywood, of Dinorwig near Caernarfon, said: "We came down today because I saw a story about the market in the paper yesterday.
"It's something that Bangor has missed for a while."
Catherine Roberts, of Penrhosgarnedd, said Bangor needed a weekly market.
She added: “There are more people here today than there are usually.”
Mr Owen said he was determined to attract more people onto Bangor High Street.
Deiniol Centre manager Kate Jones, speaking for the Bangor Business Group, said all the city centre traders she had spoken to looked forward to the market’s arrival.
She added: “We need something different to attract more shoppers to Bangor and to entice people to make that extra effort to come down to the High Street from the Caernarfon Road shops.”
The Bangor Market Company granted permission to Bangor City Council to run the market earlier this year.
Town clerk Gwyn Hughes, said “I would like to thank Gwynedd Council officers from the licensing, transportation and parking sections for their ready advice, co-operation and assistance in setting up the market.
“Finally, credit goes to councillor Nigel Pickavance, whose energy and enthusiasm for getting a market in Bangor High Street has ensured that everyone concerned has focussed on realising this ambition.”