Market is a showcase for town's talented teenagers

Young entrepreneurs were given their chance to shine at the inaugural Berwick teenage market.

Sunday, 3rd July 2016, 12:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 17:10 pm
Beth and Milly from Berwick Academy

Around a dozen stalls lined the lower part of Marygate, along with a stage for live music and entertainment.

The event, organised by Berwick Town Council, aimed to give youngsters a free platform to try out new business ideas and develop their entreprenurial skills.

Pupils from Berwick Academy, Longridge Towers, Tweedmouth Middle School, Berwick Middle School and The Grove were among those taking part, whilst the Maltings Junior Youth group, Berwick Youth Project and local Guides and Cubs were also involved.

Among those taking part were Amy, Jess, Kate and Mary from 4th Berwick Guides who were selling handmade gifts and decorations to fund a trip to an international guiding event in Dublin later this year

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Jess said: “I think the teenage market is a very good idea. Some of the kids have made some incredible things.”

Holly, a former Berwick Academy pupil, was selling personalised pet collars.

“I was on holiday and saw one for my dog and thought that we didn’t really have anything like that round here so I thought I’d have a go at it,” she said.

Berwick Academy pupils Beth and Milly were selling beautifully decorated notebooks.

Milly said: “We’ve just finished our GCSEs and wanted something to do over the summer so we both put £20 in to see what we could come up with and this was the result.

“The teenage market is a good opportunity for us. We don’t get much else like this.”

The market was well supported by stallholders, despite a few late call-offs, and attracted a good turnout of residents and visitors.

Mayor Ivor Dixon, who opened the event, said: “We, in Berwick, are the first teenage market in Northumberland. It gives the youngsters a goal and I’d like to thank our clerk, Wendy Pattison, who came up with the idea.”

Cllr Liz Simpson, Northumberland County Council’s markets champion, added: “Many of today’s leading brands, including Marks and Spencer, Innocent Smoothies and Dunelm all started off with a market stall and who knows, for one of our young traders, it may be the start of their journey along that route.”