Town business keeps on buzzing

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THE business buzz is continuing in Morpeth as traders gear up for another weekend event.

The Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade and Newgate Street Traders have organised a promotional event in the Market Place on Saturday to show what the town’s streets have to offer.

Businesses are invited to set up free stalls showing their wares and directing customers to their main shops.

The event is part of the Open For Business campaign, backed by the Morpeth Herald, Chamber of Trade, Morpeth Town Council, Greater Morpeth Development Trust, Dransfield Properties and Northumbrian Water, to try to encourage shoppers to continuing coming into the area during the town centre roadworks.

Last week, the Market Place played host to singer Sarah Miller and hot food was dished out, and on Saturday, February 25 the musical entertainment will continue with singer Jason King.

In the meantime, the trading event this weekend will also offer some entertainment in the form of folk music, and hot food will again be served.

It follows on from a similar successful promotion before Christmas.

Newgate Street Traders’ Chairman Jill Fenwick, who runs The Sewing Box, said: “When we did this before Christmas we found that a lot of people didn’t know we had a shop up the street and our main purpose was to let people know what Newgate Street has to offer. It was something different for traders to do.

“It was very successful and I would encourage other businesses to do it. It is an opportunity to show what you have got”

Chamber Chairman John Beynon said: “The event in the Market Place last week went very well. There was a great atmosphere in the town and lots of people were coming up and congratulating us on what we are trying to do.

“There were a lot of local people saying that they are making a special effort to come into the town at the moment so it was rewarding.

“The traders’ event on Saturday should be another good one.”