New Jarrow market ‘use it or lose it’ plea

New market  organiser Carol Jakeman Flounders and The  Viking Centre's Colin Kimber
New market organiser Carol Jakeman Flounders and The Viking Centre's Colin Kimber

Jarrow is set to have its own market – but people are being urged to use it or lose it.

Over the next two months, traders will be setting up stalls in the town’s Viking Centre every fortnight, starting on October 16.

“We are in a prime location with being near to a Metro line so hopefully we will get a lot of support as if people don’t use it, we will lose it.”

Carol Gibson

The trial aims to determine whether a market in the town would be an asset.

The idea has been made a reality by businesswoman Carol Gibson.

She said: “I just wanted people to come to Jarrow and I saw a niche. Every successful town has a market and after putting it on Facebook to ask people’s opinions, within three hours I had 7,500 people liking the page.

“It has been hard work to pull it all together, we are in a prime location with being near to a Metro line so hopefully we will get a lot of support as if people don’t use it, we will lose it.”

The first market stall event will be officially opened by the Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Alan Smith and will feature stilt walkers, a bouncy castle a band and dancers.

Stalls will be open from 10am.

Coun Geraldine Kilgour, who has supported the venture, said: “There are a lot of stall holders who will be at the event and everyone has worked really hard to make this a possibility.

“But it’s up to the people now whether it becomes a permanent feature in Jarrow.”