PICTURES: Feliz natal at Portuguese market

The first Portuguese Street Market in Littlehampton on November 26
The first Portuguese Street Market in Littlehampton on November 26

Littlehampton town centre came alive last Saturday with the sights and sounds of a vibrant Portuguese market.

The visiting market, which came to the town on November 26, offered a great range of Portuguese, Madeiran and Cape Verde crafts and specialities including meats, cheese, wines, pastries and the very popular Portuguese custard tarts, called Natas.

The Portuguese Deputy Consul General, Joao Paulo Brito, visits the first Portuguese Street Market in Littlehampton on November 26. Pictured with the mayor of Littlehampton Ian Buckland

The Portuguese Deputy Consul General, Joao Paulo Brito, visits the first Portuguese Street Market in Littlehampton on November 26. Pictured with the mayor of Littlehampton Ian Buckland

Littlehampton’s Portuguese speaking residents joined in with singing and dancing from traditional Portuguese musicians and dance troupe Grupo Flor da Madeira.

The event was attended by Arun district councillor and Littlehampton mayor Ian Buckland and the Portuguese Deputy Consul Joao Paulo Brito, Marilia Figueira and Fernando Teles of the Littlehampton-based Association Cultural Madeira Club.

John Edjvet, Arun District Council’s Littlehampton town centre regeneration officer, said: “We are really pleased at the success of the Portuguese market.

“Despite it being a very cold, there was a great atmosphere and the event was brilliantly supported by people from near and far.

DM16155078.jpg. New Portugese market in Littlehampton. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-161127-154851008

DM16155078.jpg. New Portugese market in Littlehampton. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-161127-154851008

“Arun District Council and Littlehampton Town Council hope that it will be possible for this very popular market to return to Littlehampton in 2017.”

Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, Leader of Arun District Council and Cabinet Member for Council Strategy, said: “I am delighted that the Portuguese market in Littlehampton was so successful.

“These events boost community spirit, bring people together and give a flavour of what is really great about Littlehampton and the Arun district.

“It is also a great example of partnership work between Arun District Council and Littlehampton Town Council. I hope there will be another Portuguese market in Littlehampton very soon.”

DM16155081.jpg. New Portugese market in Littlehampton. L to R Sofia, Maria and Joao Nogueira. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-161127-154904008

DM16155081.jpg. New Portugese market in Littlehampton. L to R Sofia, Maria and Joao Nogueira. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-161127-154904008

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DM16155091.jpg. New Portugese market in Littlehampton. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-161127-154915008

DM16155091.jpg. New Portugese market in Littlehampton. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-161127-154915008

DM16155096.jpg. New Portugese market in Littlehampton. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-161127-154928008

DM16155096.jpg. New Portugese market in Littlehampton. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-161127-154928008