BLYTH’S early part of the week market day is being moved in a bid to fight off competition from elsewhere.
Northumberland County Council has decided moved the market, which usually takes place every Tuesday, should now be held on a Monday.
The local authority feels it has struggled to compete with other local markets being held the same day throughout the region.
Blyth town centre manager Malcolm Hutchinson said that the move could put Blyth back on the map as a vibrant and popular market town, complementing the already established Friday and Saturday market days.
He said: “Monday is an obvious choice for Blyth as there are no other markets operating within south east Northumberland or North Tyneside on that day.
“It will provide an attractive local facility for many market traders who currently need to travel much further afield to carry out their business.”
The first Monday market will take place next week in the town’s Market Square.
Blyth Mayor Kath Nisbet said she is pleased with the new market day as it could help bring traders back into the town.
“I would welcome anything that is going to benefit the market,” she said.
“Anything that is going to bring more people into Blyth and improve the area is most welcome.
“This will hopefully bring traders back into Blyth as there is no other market to compete with on a Monday.”
Anyone interested in setting up a stall should contact Pat Walshon 07900 052447 to reserve a site.