£3m transformation of Blyth market complete

THE transformation of Blyth Market Place has been officially opened.

More than 100 dignitaries marked the end of the 3m regeneration project, where Mayor of Blyth Coun Gordon Knox switched on the square's new bespoke water feature and launched the new public art, Hyperscope.

Coun Grant Davey, responsible for regeneration at Blyth Valley Borough Council, said: "Saturday's launch was a wonderful evening for Blyth and marks the end of a long journey for the town.

"Blyth now has a fantastic new home for its regular markets and a spectacular space for public events and community use."

Throughout the day there was entertainment from stilt walkers, fire artists, jugglers and street magic.

The town's market square has been completely transformed with improved paving, seating, lighting and access between the market place and the surrounding shopping area.

Jeremy Sherlock, director of SENNTRi, said: "The redevelopment of Blyth market place is just one of many regeneration projects which have been taking place over recent months including the development of the Blyth Links area and NaREC Technology Park.

"Each project has been designed to make Blyth a much more desirable option for residents, businesses and visitors."

The new artwork in the square, Hyperscope, is a stainless steel sculptural piece of public art created by conceptual artist Simon Watkinson and commissioned by Inspire Northumberland and looks to honour the past, present and future achievements of Blyth.

The improvements in and around Blyth market place which were launched on Saturday are part of a much larger project to regenerate Blyth, which will see around 60m invested in the town over the next few years.