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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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West Cumbrian market cancelled as organisers pull out

Organisers have pulled out of running Cockermouth’s monthly food market in Market Place.

The local produce market was due to be held last Saturday but Cumbrian Food Direct pulled out at the 11th hour.

The organisation announced on its online Facebook page: “It is with regret that Cumbrian Food Direct is no longer able to continue to manage this, or future, markets in Cockermouth, but we would like to thank all the customers and traders who have supported the market in the past year.”

It has not given reasons for the cancellation.

The company revived the market, which ran on the first Saturday of each month, last year. Twenty traders had stalls.

Allerdale council, which licences the events, has been informed of the decision but it is not known if future markets planned throughout the year will be held.

Joe Broomfield, town centre manager, will hold a meeting with stallholders on March 3 to look at options.

He said: “We will see if there is a different way of running it maybe just through the summer.

“We need somebody who can take responsibility for it by organising road closures, dealing with signs, health and safety and insurance.

“It is a great tourist attraction using local produce and I know the traders in Market Place were positive. It is important for it to continue.”

Cumbrian Food Direct, based in Maryport, was set up as a social enterprise in 2011.

It is supported by the Big Lottery Fund’s local food scheme, the Rural Development Programme for England and Allerdale council.

It says its aim is “to connect Cumbrian producers with customers across the county”.

It unveiled a new management team last November.

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