Shop-owners to become stallholders for a day

A RANGE of shopkeepers are heading outside in Morpeth on Saturday for a popular annual event.

As it has done for the two previous years in December, the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade is giving all independent traders in the town the opportunity to display and sell their goods in the Market Place and at the same time to direct customers to their existing stores where they can purchase the same and similar items all year round.

It is anticipated that there will be at least 25 local businesses taking part in the Christmas market and there will be lamb, fish and other meat for sale plus hot food.

Among the other items available will be flowers, gifts, household goods and pet equipment and food. In addition, following the success of the KEVI market two weeks ago, three of the school traders have been invited to take part.

Chamber of Trade Chairman, George Williams, said: “This is the third year that we have organised this event and we expect that this year will be even more successful than before.

“We’re thrilled that the market has become established in Morpeth’s calendar and residents and visitors to the town centre on Saturday will be able to see what our local independent businesses have to offer.”

The market will start at 9am, with the official opening by the Mayor at 10am. It is expected that trading will cease at about 3pm.