Hambleton Loves their markets

Hambleton Loves their markets

Local people turned out in force to support two of Hambleton’s markets during the recent ‘Love Your Market’ campaign.

The national initiative to boost ‘market’ shopping focused on Northallerton and Thirsk over the recent Bank Holiday weekend.

Traders celebrated with bunting, badges, special offers and special treasure trails during the events – which also saw music and dance acts staged in the town centres.  Follow up discussions with traders revealed traders had had a marked increase in takings on the event days.

“The weekend saw an increase in cars using long stay car park numbers in Northallerton and Thirsk – around 10% more than a normal weekend – and we had the biggest Thirsk Monday market in a long time,” said Councillor John Noone, Portfolio Holder for Customer Services and Asset Management.

“The weather was kind to us and the traders embraced the campaign. Hambleton’s markets are an important part of the local economy and we will continue to work with traders to boost them.”

Local people and visitors took part in the market treasure trails and bagged a wide range of prizes kindly supplied by the market traders and local independent shops.

Sandra Walbran, Director of Customer Services commented – “The Council is grateful to all the businesses who supplied prizes; shops and stalls alike really embraced the campaign. We’re also grateful to all those that came to the markets. I hope they keep coming back and continue to support our traders and take advantage of the fantastic produce and goods they offer.”

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Traders on Hambleton District Council’s two markets – in Northallerton and Thirsk – will take part in the ‘Love Your Local Market’ initiative next month.

The Council will offer three free pitches to brand new traders wanting to try plying their wares in the towns.