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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Plans to revive Cockermouth food market

Plans have been revealed to revive Cockermouth’s monthly food market.

A proposal to run the market in the forecourt of the town’s United Reformed Church, Main Street, has been submitted to Allerdale council.

The town has been without the local produce market since Cumbrian Food Direct pulled out of running it on Market Place in January.

Geraud Markets Limited, which runs markets on behalf of Allerdale council in Workington, Keswick and Silloth, will manage it.

The company and Allerdale council have decided to move the site to the church to allow Market Place to remain open to traffic during the current Main Street repairs.

Joe Broomfield, town centre manager, said: “We’ve been working hard to make sure the market can continue, and that it will offer an even wider range of great local produce and crafts.

“I hope that the United Reformed Church will, subject to permission, prove to be a great venue.

“It’s somewhere that we can use without the need for further road closures.”

The market would include stalls from local food producers and craft companies.

No start date has been confirmed and it is not known on which day it would run.

Have your say

It would be great to see the market revived so long as events such as the Country Market and the stalls that run already in the forecourt are protected. I hope that somebody in authority is checking that Geraud Markets are entirely honourable and honest in their dealings with Allerdale and that checks are in place.

Posted by Cherrytree on 4 April 2014 at 12:15

It's sensible to move the location of the market. Why are Geraud involved? If they work here the same as elsewhere they won't allow the URC, or others, to hold rival events when the market is up and running

Posted by Worried on 3 April 2014 at 01:25

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