New bid launched to improve market

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A bid is being made to try to breathe new life into Newmarket’s declining twice weekly market.

To try to increase the number of stalls, Sharon Fairweather, market development officer for Forest Heath District Council, has invited anyone with a craft or business idea to consider running their own stall and is offering rookie traders a free day on the market on Easter Saturday April 4.

“It may be that you already have a craft, hobby or a creative small business,” said Sharon, “here is the chance to test your goods on the market at no extra cost.

“We are looking for crafts, food, and drink stalls that can add to the mix on our wonderful markets.

“For those interested in taking it that step further and running a new stall, we also have special start up deals.”

Market traders’ representative, Andy Neal, said: “This is great news for Newmarket market. After extensive meetings with traders Forest Heath Council has vowed investment and total commitment to creating a market that other towns will envy.

“Such a historic market will not be allowed to die and will once again be an integral part of the town’s shopping experience.

“Traders on the market welcome the profile it is now getting and look forward to being joined by more traders and seeing a turn round of fortune after some lean years. These are exciting times if everyone gets it right turning ideas into real events.”

Next month’s initiative will also include an Easter treat as children visiting the market will receive a free chocolate egg with every purchase while stocks last.

Anybody interested in running a stall on Easter Saturday or enquiring about running a new regular stall, should contact Sharon Fairweather on 01284 757093 or email sharon.fairweather@westsuffolk.gov.uk