When the Easter market events will be held in South Shields as campaign for regeneration continues

New dates have been announced for the upcoming marketplace events in South Shields, as the campaign to regenerate the town continues.

Saturday, 8th February 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th February 2020, 4:06 pm

Following the success of the Christmas market in December, an Easter event has been announced to take place over two days on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5.

The dates are the first of a run of regular market events due to take place monthly.

The full list of market dates is due to be announced next week, but each event is said to be themed, including a food festival and ‘world market’.

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The Christmas market attracted thousands of shoppers to South Shields.

Organised by local business owners Carol Gibson, Josh Truman and market manager David Amess, the events were launched on the back of a Facebook group set up in a bid to bring the once-thriving market back to life.

The Christmas event saw thousands of shoppers descended on the town, with the weekly market enjoying a boost in traders in the weeks after.

The Easter-themed market will see a similar line-up of live music and entertainment, with new traders said to be keen to get on board.

“I’m feeling really positive about it, it’s about bringing the community back together and this time sustaining it so it’s not just a one off,” said Carol, who has thanked the council for their support.

Carol Gibson and Josh Trueman with Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy and Vicky Smith of the council's regeneration team.

“South Tyneside Council are giving us full backing and we are now ready to put the market back on the map not only as an event but as a growing, thriving, established market.

“I hope everyone will keep supporting us.”

Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy, said the revival of the market was playing a key part in the town’s 365 regeneration programme.

He commented: “I want to thank Carol for all of the work she has put in. We see this as the beginning of the blossoming of King Street, as these markets will become a regular thing which we hope will attract more people to the town centre.

Carol Gibson and Josh Trueman launched a campaign to bring the market back to life last year.

“We want it to become a destination for people outside of the area, but also for the people of South Shields and their families.”