Enthusiastic response to market plans

Berwick Town Council's plans to organise a teenage market this summer have been welcomed by local schools and youth groups.

Sunday, 13th March 2016, 10:47 am
Market stalls in Berwick

It is intended to stage the inaugural event on Sunday, July 3, on Marygate.

Initial discussions have been held with Berwick Academy, Longridge Towers and Berwick Youth Project which are all keen to be involved.

Council clerk Wendy Pattison said: “Everyone seems very interested in taking stalls and being entrepreneurial which is exactly what we were hoping for.”

The market will let youngsters try out new business ideas and sell creative products and services.

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As well as an eclectic retail offer, it is envisaged the teenage market would host a range of live performances.

Marygate will be closed to traffic on the day and it is planned to have the Guildhall available as a wet weather back-up.

The pop-up stalls bought with Portas funding will be used and, if necessary, Berwick Rotary Club’s stalls will be available.

“We’re looking at the possibility of 20 stalls,” said Mrs Pattison.

It is also hoped that signage off the A1 can be arranged.

Mayor Hazel Bettison said: “This could be a great way to get people into the town while giving youngsters something to do. It gives them a chance to shine.”

Councillor Ivor Dixon added: “This could really give the town the feel-good factor.”

Councillor Eric Goodyer felt there was a great opportunity to develop the town on Sundays.

“I hope it won’t be a one-off,” he said. “Sunday markets are a powerful way of boosting trade.”

There will be no pitch fee payable on a Sunday.