Chief minister Antich at the market

The markets organised as part of Balearic Islands Day yesterday were a resounding success and the slight rise in temperature tempted hundreds of people outdoors, to see just what was on offer. A medieval market had been set up in the Huerto del Rey and surrounding area. Traders joined in the fun by dressing up for the occasion, and there was plenty of street entertainment provided by minstrels and tumblers. On sale were many local products and very few people were able to leave the market without falling into the temptation of buying. This type of market is a relatively new venture, but is proving to be so popular that many other towns and villages now organise them once a year. Nearer the sea, at Plaça de la Drassana (also known as Plaza Atarazanas), there was a craft market, with people giving demonstrations of their skills. Once again, huge crowds gathered to watch people at work. Along the seafront, marquees had been set up as a showcase for the many clubs and associations there are on the island. There were also long queues outside the local seat of government, the Consulado de Mar, which had an Open Doors day. There are no activities planned for today, but celebrations will continue on Saturday with a canoeing event at the Son Hugo swimming pool. But the big trotting race meeting due to be held at Son Pardo at 6pm on Sunday has had to be cancelled as part of government measures to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.


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