Extra South Shields market planned for Bank Holiday Monday as temperatures set to soar in town
South Shields market will be open for an extra day this Bank Holiday Monday as shoppers are urged to support local traders following lockdown.
Among the stall holders lined up for the extra market is popular new chocolate business, The Canny Chocolate Company, which has already been a sell-out success at the weekly Saturday market.
And it looks set to be a hot Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures reaching as high as 20C in South Shields on Monday.
The traditional market will also be held over the Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday, May 29, from 9am to 4pm.
The market first reopened on April 16 after months of closure during lockdown as restrictions on non-essential retail were eased, with traders glad to see customers returning – some reporting numbers higher than when previous lockdowns lifted.
As seen previously during the Covid pandemic, measures will be in place to help shoppers stay safe, with visitors asked to follow a one-way system which has separate entrance and exit points.
There will also be hand sanitiser stations and security stewards on hand to ensure visitors can browse safely and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
And shoppers will now be able to park for free in council-owned car parks and on-street parking in the town centre as part of a South Tyneside Council initiative to encourage shoppers to support businesses and traders in the town.
Parking charges will be suspended all day on Saturdays and after 12pm Sunday to Friday up until August 31.
Speaking at the launch of the free parking scheme, Cllr Tracey Dixon, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “The last year has been extremely challenging for our business community, particularly the retail and hospitality industries, and we’re keen to do all we can to help them recover.
“We’re offering temporary free parking as an additional incentive to visit the town centre, do a bit of shopping or get a bite to eat.
“We’ve extended the offer all day on Saturdays to encourage people to come and browse and buy in our fantastic market.”
For the list of participating car parks visit: www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/72662