Shoppers in South Tyneside are being encouraged to show their love for their market as an annual campaign gets under way.
South Tyneside is setting out its stall to mark the fortnight-long Love Your Local Market campaign, which is taking place from now until May 31.
Our market has a special charm and there’s something for everyone – so come and support our traders during the next fortnight and beyondCoun John Anglin
South Shields Market Place has recently been remodelled as part of the £100million 365 regeneration scheme, and shoppers have been asked to show their support for traders there “during the next fortnight and beyond”.
Coun John Anglin, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “South Shields’ proud tradition of market trading dates back more than two centuries, and the Love Your Local Market campaign is a great opportunity to celebrate the role it occupies at the heart of our community.
“This year, we’ve got even more reason to celebrate, thanks to the fabulous enhancements we have made to our market place and the surrounding areas.
“It’s a wonderful, modern public space and I’d urge people to pop along to see the improvements for themselves.
“Our market has a special charm and there’s something for everyone – so come and support our traders during the next fortnight and beyond.”
The campaign is in its fifth year, and aims to boost visitor numbers while celebrating the nation’s market culture.
South Shields market now features a canopy roof around the perimeter of the trading area and landscaping features, such as tree lined borders.
New stone benches feature part of a major public art project, which will be installed in the borough’s new cultural venue, The Word, National Centre for the Written Word.
Writer Michael Chaplin has crafted Tyne Voyages, 20 fact-based stories about the crews and cargoes of ships which visited over the last 2,000 years.
The benches are engraved with details of the ships’ cargoes and destinations.
South Shields’ market operates from 9am to 4pm on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays around the Old Town Hall, and sells everything from fruit and veg to fabric and phones.
On Fridays, the flea market offers a selection of bric-a-brac, knick knacks and second-hand bargains as well as general stalls.
For more information about South Shields’ market, or for details on how to apply to become a market trader, visit www.southtyneside.info/market or call the market manager on 0191 4272057.
More details about the Love Your Local Market campaign are available at www.loveyourlocalmarket.gb.com