SCARBOROUGH resident Jenny Sampey says weekly twilight markets at Scarborough Beach are helping the suburb finally reach its potential.
“The last two years have been very difficult for the community, especially the businesses on the beach front,” she said.
“But everyone has weathered the upheaval and stuck together knowing that the end result would be something for us all to be proud of.”
She said the Scarborough Beach Association’s Sunset Markets, which have been running on Thursday evenings since December 14, have given a much needed boost to the foreshore as the redevelopment nears completion.
“There is a buzz in the air like never before around the suburb,” Ms Sampey said.
“The residents of Scarborough have embraced the Sunset Markets and all it has to offer at our iconic beach.”
Ms Sampey is an active association member and said the markets’ success was immediate, with about 8000 people attending weekly.
It runs at the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre and comprises stalls offering artwork, handmade candles, jewellery, photography, herbal tonics and dream catchers.
There is also live music and a variety of food and drink on offer, from fresh coconuts and juices, cakes and crepes to Italian street food, Japanese dumplings and authentic Moroccan cuisine, as well as a licensed bar.
The markets run from 5pm to 10pm Thursday nights until March 15.