Cockermouth market is a hit as traders set out their stall
Last updated at 13:00, Friday, 08 March 2013
The relaunch of Cockermouth’s monthly market has been hailed a huge success by organisers.
Cumbrian Food Direct has taken over the running of the market for the next year, and at the relaunch on Saturday there were 13 stalls.
The idea was to bring a bustling market and vibrancy to Market Place after numbers had dwindled in recent months.
Kerry McPhee, of Cumbrian Food Direct, said: “It was heaving all day apart from maybe the last hour when it quietened down a bit.
“All the stall holders have already paid up front to secure their pitch for next month and we have had 31 other enquiries but only 20 spaces available so it is first come first served.
“I have had nothing but good feedback and we want to keep the momentum going.”
Traders included Cockermouth Sweet Shop, Winder Hall, Cockermouth School and Ennerdale Brewery, with street entertainment provided.
Julie Watson, owner of Cockermouth Sweet Shop, said: “Everything has been really positive and it was nice to see the town come out and support it.
“We should have even more traders next month so there should be even more of a buzz about it.”
Nick Shill, of Shill’s of Station Street which is supporting the market, said: “For the first time it was very encouraging and has breathed more life into the Market Place.
“There was more a buzz down that end of town than we have had for some time.
“It is a brilliant start and hopefully it can continue in that vein.”
Riversmeet put forward ideas in February and since then has worked with Cumbrian Food Direct on the project.
Allerdale council, Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade and Cockermouth School have also been involved to help revive the market, which has been held in the town since the 13th century.
It will be known as Cockermouth Local Produce Market and held on the first Saturday of each month, between 10am and 3pm.
Riversmeet held an indoor local and home-made craft and produce sale at the same time in its Market Street building on Saturday.
First published at 12:33, Friday, 08 March 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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As much as i would like to see the market do well, they need to have more stall selection, than they had on the first week.
Ok if you want to buy meats, sweets, but not much else.
Earl;y days though.
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