Focus on markets during fortnight

From left, Les Elliot from The Honey Store, Coun Liz Simpson, county council leader Grant Davey and Heather Foggon from The Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen.
From left, Les Elliot from The Honey Store, Coun Liz Simpson, county council leader Grant Davey and Heather Foggon from The Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen.
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Northumberland has launched its involvement in this year’s high profile national Love Your Local Market campaign at a new initiative – the Blyth Artisan Market.

Working in partnership with the Keel Row Shopping Centre, the county council is promoting the market that features among its stalls food, crafts, jewellery, beauty products and paintings.

Traders at the new monthly event, which is adding an extra feature to the town’s regular Saturday market, can be found inside the shopping centre and Blyth Market Place.

Led by the National Association of British Market Authorities, with support from the wider markets industry and Government, the Love Your Local Market campaign aims to celebrate all that is great about local markets.

All Northumberland markets will be celebrating the annual fortnight-long event, which runs until May 31, joining more than 1,200 markets across the country.

Liz Simpson, deputy business chair of the county council and the authority’s new markets champion, said: “We are very keen to improve markets in Northumberland and get more people involved in market trading.

“Love Your Local Market fortnight is an ideal opportunity to offer available pitches to first time market traders, so that they can see the benefits of selling goods from a stall first hand.

“We want to make further improvements to markets in Northumberland and I will be talking to traders and shoppers during the campaign to see what ideas they have.”