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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Food market opens again

Cockermouth's beleaguered monthly food market will be revived tomorrow.

The popular local produce market has returned after a three-month absence.

It will be run in the forecourt of the town’s United Reformed Church, Main Street, from 9am to 4pm.

The news comes after two months of upheaval for shoppers on the town’s Main Street, which has been closed since the start of March for vital repair works.

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

The Maryport-based company is set to be wound up.

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

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: “It’s great news that planning permission has been granted and that the market will be revived.

“It will be a great boost for Cockermouth and will hopefully encourage more people into the town.”

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

Tomorrow’s market will be smaller than usual to allow organisers to get used to the new location and identify any problems with access from Main Street.

A larger market will be officially relaunched on May 17 during national Love Your Local Market Fortnight.

It will then run on the third Saturday of each month.

Shoppers in Cockermouth have welcomed the market return.

David Bradley, 72, of Main Street, Little Broughton, said: “We need all the encouragement we can get to get people into the town.”

Elaine Armstrong, 58, of Towers Lane, Cockermouth, said: “It will be great to have it back and it will be a boost for shoppers.”

Pat Wallbank, of New Street, Cockermouth, said: “It will bring people into the town.”

Main Street was closed last month for improvements to protect the town from flooding.

A second phase, from High Sand Lane to Cocker Bridge, is planned next month when that section will close.

Main Street should reopen to traffic both ways by the end of June.

Have your say

Whenever I walked past the old market there was never many people there. All the food was so expensive too.

Posted by CoLiN on 2 May 2014 at 12:23

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