Cruise ships expected to add to crowd

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Thieves’ Alley returns for another year this Saturday.
The annual market extravaganza – expected to attract close to 300 stalls – would be held in the Octagon and surrounding streets this weekend, market co-ordinator Laurence Potter said.
Three cruise ships were also expected to dock on Saturday, meaning crowds could be even larger than normal.
“[But] weather always plays a part,” he said.
The market day takes over the Octagon, Bath St and Princes and George Sts, to their intersections with Moray Place.
Mr Potter said there would also be three stages, one in the Octagon and two at the market borders on George and Princes Sts, with a variety of acts.
The market attracted stallholders from across the South Island and even a few from the North Island, Mr Potter said.
“Wonderful crafts and jewellery, some fantastic foods … [and] just the usual wonderful array” would be on offer.
Artist Dick Frizzell was also supposed to have a stall at the market, Mr Potter said.
“We’re hoping for good weather,” he said.

Thieves’ Alley Market Day will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.