Students use skills on a market stall

Students from a summer school at Guidepost Middle School and Bedlington High School selling the products that they have made at Bedlington Market.

Students from a summer school at Guidepost Middle School and Bedlington High School selling the products that they have made at Bedlington Market.

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The variety of products on offer at Bedlington market was expanded last week as children from a summer school sold goods they had made.

Youngsters who attended the summer school at Guide Post Middle School and Bedlington High School have been developing food products during sessions in a project called ‘Make £5 Grow Tasty’.

The summer school aims to help students make the transition to high school.

Lindsay Dunn, from Skills to Shine, who ran the summer schools, said: “The children really enjoyed making food to sell – including cakes, muffins, gingerbread bears and even sweet pizzas.

“They were excited about the process of getting them ready for sale and seeing how many they could sell at the market.

“The summer school is designed to give young people new skills, knowledge and experiences.

“The market is a great outlet for goods and this work has provided the kids with an opportunity to understand a number of aspects of production and sales – preparing them to be more enterprising when they get older.”

Northumberland County Council is working to raise the profile and quality of markets across the county, with the aim of making town centres more viable.

And the county council recently promoted markets through a number of initiatives including ‘Love your local market’.

Visit www.northumber land.gov.uk/markets for more details.