The European Market due to launch today in Leighton town centre, and stay in place for the duration of the Christmas Festival, pulled out of its commitment this morning – by text message.
Furious Leighton-Linslade Town Council has described the manner of the cancellation as “unbelievable”.
A statement issued to the LBO said: “The town council is extremely disappointed to report that a text communication from the agent of the European Market was received at 8.32am today, (26/11/14) stating that his traders will not be bringing their stalls to Leighton Buzzard.
“Furthermore to cancel on the day of the event, an event where officers have gone out of their way to facilitate the market’s attendance and incorporate the stalls within the wider Christmas Festival weekend, is unbelievable. They will not be encouraged back.
“Yet, we are pleased to announce, this disappointment does not stop play. The Christmas tree was put up in Market Square this morning and the scene is being set for the town’s launch of the festive trading season.
“We look forward to welcoming you to the official start of Christmas in Leighton-Linslade on Friday 28th at 7pm in the High Street.”