A POPLAR market has been cancelled due to weather safety fears.

Saturday's Orange Pip Market has been cancelled due the high winds are forecast to continue this weekend.

Concerns over structures such as marquees used at the event have led to the decision.

Cllr Mieka Smiles, Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said the cancellation was disappointing but safety had to come first.

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She said: "This is such a shame for all the wonderful traders who show off the best of our area at the Pip and everyone who was planning to enjoy the day.

"It was a difficult decision to make but we can't take risks with the forecast as it is and I know the team are already working hard to create a magical Christmas special."

The Christmas Orange Pip Market is due to take place on Saturday, December 18.

Middlesbrough Art Weekender continues until Sunday, October 3, and features more than 50 artists across 17 venues.

Visitors to the town centre can see a series of public art installations delivered by Navigator North on behalf of the Council. They include the stunning Beating Heart, by Stuart Langley, which will illuminate Church House every evening for the next two weeks.

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