Response to new stalls pleases markets manager

THE revamped Morpeth Market has had a positive response so far, according to its chief.

In the summer, Sanderson Arcade signed a deal with the county council to relaunch the weekly Wednesday market and monthly farmers’ market.

New stalls, each in blue and white livery and displaying the More In Morpeth branding, were installed along with anchor points and power supplies and a diary of events is being put together. The changes were unveiled at last month’s Morpeth Food and Drink Festival.

Manager Neil Brown, who now receives extra support from Arcade staff, spoke about the changes in the Market Place at a recent meeting of the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade.

He said: “The stalls are looking really nice and together with the new anchor points, they have been welcomed by the traders.

“The Food and Drink Festival at the farmers’ market went really well and we’re trying to find space for people on the waiting list.

“Wednesday is a different type of market and historically a few traders drop out when the weather gets colder. This means we will have to keep replacing them, but I think other traders will step in once they see the changes.

“One of the events coming up is the Chamber’s Christmas market for people with a business in the town and we will provide plenty of space for people to showcase their goods.

“I’m happy to be as flexible as I possibly can for this event (December 14).”

Mr Brown was asked by Les English if it was possible for market traders to pay in advance, because this would make it much more likely that they would turn up during the winter months and he responded that payment is usually on the day, but he is looking to see if a system where people would pay a deposit for the following week can be introduced.

Anyone interested in joining the market should contact Mr Brown on 07713 115204.