He said: “I don’t know anyone who knew of this in advance which is a real shame because this is exactly the kind of thing that can encourage people to spend money in local shops. I know from other places it’s a good way of pulling people in, especially at this time of year.
“It’s potentially a missed opportunity which is a real shame. Anything that brings people into local shops is a good thing.”
The event was mentioned on Twitter, with opinion being in favour of it.
Continental markets are usually requested by a town to help boost the economy, although it is not clear why this one arrived in Rutherglen. The owners of the shopping centre, Moorgrath, said they had no knowledge of it.
Not everyone was enthused with the market. Chair of Rutherglen Community Council, Tommy Rooney, said he hadn’t got the impression the stalls were selling unique goods or items that were out of the ordinary.
He added: “They seemed to be selling sweets and odds and ends, stuff you could get in shops along the Main Street.
“They didn’t appear to be selling anything you couldn’t already get.”