Sam Lloyd, Manager of Stratforward’s Town Hosts, told the Herald this morning that public safety was “paramount”.

 However, there are also insurance reasons behind the decision.

 Sam said: “If there’s a weather prediction like this and they go against it and a stall flies off in the air and causes a major accident then nobody’s covered.”

 There was no market last Thursday (28th November) after the Christmas lights were switched on the week before, but Stratforward had planned to put on three Thursday Christmas markets in December with an emphasis on local trade.

 “It is enormously disappointing for shoppers and the local traders taking part in today’s first ever ‘Shop Local Buy Local’ market that we’ve had to suspend activity,” said Sam. “We are all absolutely gutted, we had a lot planned and were fully booked.”

The cancellation means there are only two Thursday markets left before Christmas, on the 12th and 19th December. Stalls will be in Henley Street from 11am-7pm. “We are hoping for better luck next week,” added Sam.

 Geraud run the Rother Street markets on Friday and Saturday and during December are putting on a Sunday Christmas market on Waterside.

They will make a decision on whether those markets will go ahead on each of the days.