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Summer market unveiled

Alnwick Market Place.

Alnwick Market Place.

Plans have been unveiled for a monthly craft and antiques market during the summer to make more use of Alnwick Market Place.

The idea is the brainchild of Alnwick Markets and the event will be held as a trial on Sundays July 20, August 17 and September 14.

A number of stallholders have already signed up, but organisers are keen to hear from any other interested parties.

Chairman of Alnwick Markets, Philip Angier, said: “There has been a lot of discussion about making more use of the Market Place as a public space. We believe that a Sunday craft and antique market will prove popular.”

The new initiative has been made possible partly thanks to the Community Cornerstone Award, which Alnwick Markets received from Newcastle Building Society last November.

Making better use of the Market Place will be a central theme in the Alnwick and Denwick Neighbourhood Plan, which is being developed under the guidance of Alnwick Town Council.

Alnwick Mayor, Bill Grisdale, backed the craft and antique market idea. He said: “We have a historic Market Place at the heart of our town. It should be a focal point for social and cultural events. These proposals are just the sort of activity we are looking for.”

Alnwick Chamber of Trade chairman Carlo Biagioni described it as a great idea, adding that it was important to offer something in the town on a Sunday and believes it could be a boost to town-centre trade.

The event has attracted interest from stallholders, including Helen McKenzie of Hedgeley Antiques Centre in Powburn. She said that the craft and antique market will be a very appealing way of sharing some of the story of Northumberland.

Alnwick Markets manager, Steve Ellaby, added: “We believe that it will prove to be a popular new summer feature in the town.

“We shall be supporting the markets with extra publicity and signs.”

Any stallholders interested in attending should contact Steve on 07783 557116 or visit www.alnwickmarkets.co.uk

 

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