Readers share their delight over the success of Jarrow’s first community market

Hundreds turned out to the first community market.
Hundreds turned out to the first community market.

Sunday shoppers had plenty to say about Jarrow’s new community market - they loved it!

The first event, which saw 52 stalls selling their wares in the Viking Centre, took place on Sunday.

The market, which will be held every fortnight, was the brainchild of businesswoman Carol Jakeman-Flounders who staged a Facebook poll to gauge the public’s response.

Within three hours she had 7,500 people liking the page and pressed ahead with the idea.

Carol was delighted with the weekend’s success.

She said: “It was amazing. It was jam-packed, people were standing shoulder-to-shoulder.”

Gazette readers have also welcomed the venture by taking to our Facebook page.

Karen Mclaughlin wrote: “Excellent day. Absolutely fantastic for Jarra.”

Peter Watt stated: “A success. That’s putting it mildly. You couldn’t move.”

Debra Prudhoe wrote: “Never seen as many people shopping in Jarrow for a long time. The market has had a knock on effect for business which has got to be good for the local economy.”

Michelle Whale said: “That is really great news for Jarrow. Long may it last, I will be going next time.”

Evaline Mortson: “It was great and I was impressed how clean and tidy the area was this morning. I thought there might have been a bit of a mess.”

Doris Watling wrote: “We went but it was so busy we came back home but it was lovely to see everywhere so busy. Good luck to everyone.”

Dawn Samantha Gowland Suggitt declared: “It was a great day never seen Jarrow so busy, well done everyone.”

Pauline Clouston said: “There were homemade cakes, cupcakes, cheeses, homemade jams and pickles. Jewellery, furniture, you name it.”

Tim Atkinson, was one of the stallholders and he couldn’t believe how quickly he, and the other traders, ran out of stock.

He said: “I was part of the sellers Ataylormadecake and sold out in less than two hours.

“All the other cake sellers said the same.”