Weekly market returns to Burslem

The new weekly market aims to build on ones Our Burslem has previously held

After more than a decade without one, a weekly outdoor market is returning to part of Stoke-on-Trent.

The Our Burslem community group had wanted to bring it back, following the success of having one at some of the events it runs in the Mother Town.

The plans were backed by residents, hundreds of whom signed a petition asking Stoke-on-Trent City Council to allow it to go ahead.

The authority has given the group a 12 month licence to run on Wednesdays, and offered the group use of the public space outside the former Town Hall free of charge to host it.

They also successfully applied for funding from the council's Community Investment Fund, receiving £25,000.

Jay Gardiner is overseeing the project

The funds have been used to pay for Stoke based City B to make bespoke stalls for traders, and a vehicle to transport them in.

Around 20 people have already shown an interest in having a stall, ahead of the first market on Wednesday 29th May.

Jay Gardiner is the group's event co-ordinator, and is overseeing the project.

He says they are wanting to do things a bit differently, and attract more people into the area.

He said: "We are aiming for more of a European style evening market, so we will be running it from 3pm to 8pm.

"We want to make our market more of an experience.

"People will come down and have a wander around the market, they might want to try some foods and buy some different items.

"But then they might also want to go into a restaurant or one of the local pubs, and experience what Burslem has to offer.

"We are going to start small, and be choosy about the stalls so we don't have a lot of the same types of produce.

"Whatever we do have is going to be quality and good value for money for our local residents.

"It is about finding the right stalls and the right people who are going to work with us, to build this into a successful market."

For more information on the market, and to enquire about having a stall, call Jay on 07902 229600.



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