Market move hoping to be an attraction

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THIS week sees the final preparations ahead of Bedlington Market’s relocation.

The facility will move from the car park behind Front Street West and open at the new market place in Front Street on Thursday, March 10.

The decision to make the move follows consultation with stall-holders and businesses in the town in an initiative that has been widely welcomed.

Relocation to the pedestrianised market place is expected to increase the number of passing customers as well as attract new traders leading to greater choice for shoppers in the town.

New, eye-catching stalls, which have been jointly funded by Northumberland County Council and West Bedlington Town Council, are also part of the improved facility.

Coun Arthur Pegg, chairman of the town council, said: “We are looking forward to the opening of the market at its new, improved site.

“The market is an important part of Bedlington and we hope that this investment will secure its future and ensure it thrives and continues to be a valuable part of community life and the economy of the area for many years to come.”

Coun Ian Lindley, executive member for neighbourhood services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Street markets add vibrancy and vitality to town centres both socially and economically.

“The county council is committed to supporting and improving Northumberland markets to ensure that the same high standards are offered and maintained in all areas of the county.”

Information packs have been created, which include all of the information needed for those interested in trading at Bedlington Market.

Copies of the pack are available from Northumberland County Council on 0845 600 6400.