THE first of a new and exciting independent markets took place in Trowbridge today.

The Trowbridge Weavers Market gives an opportunity for local independent traders to showcase their creativity and to bring the community together.

It is being staged by a not-for-profit community organisation established earlier this year to bring a community craft market back to the centre of Trowbridge.

It was held in and around the Town Hall, including Fore Street and Market Street.

One of the early visitors was Leyla Bakali-Laughton, 25, from Francis Street, Trowbridge, with her one and a half year old daughter Esme.

Leyla said: "I love it. It's amazing for the first one and brings the community together.

"It's showcasing all of the talent and support that people have for each other and there is a really good atmosphere.

"There is a good variety of sustainable products and is works perfectly with the sports activities taking place in Trowbridge Town Park."

There was almost a carnival atmosphere in the bright sunshine, with residents flocking out to hear the Trowbridge & District Youth Band perform outside the Castle Street entrance to The Shires Shopping Centre.

A spokesman for The Trowbridge Weavers said: "The market offers visitors a fantastic range of unique hand-made products, food, drink and entertainment for people of all ages.

"Our vision is to bring quality traders, creative people and our local community together.

"We’re proud of Trowbridge’s past and excited to be part of its future."

Markets are being held on the second Saturday of every month with the next dates being August 10, September 14 and October 12 from 10am to 3pm.

The organisers are welcoming applications from independent traders of all kinds to take stalls, including artisans, makers, creatives, producers and street-food specialists

They added: "We are a fun, lively day out so we also have a number of opportunities for musicians and other performers – please get in touch."