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Young Entrepreneurs Pitch up at Clitheroe Market

Published Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Young entrepreneurs will be pitching their wares at Clitheroe Market this Saturday.

Nearly 30 young traders from across Ribble Valley will be selling crafts, books and pre-loved goods, as part of a series of special markets.

Ribble Valley Borough Council, which owns Clitheroe Market, has organised the special markets in a bid to drive up footfall.

Farmers’ markets featuring the best local produce are being held on the second Thursday of each month and artisan markets featuring a range of handcrafted produce and fancy goods are taking place on the first Saturday of each month, while flea markets are being held every Friday, with stalls up for grabs for just £5.60.

The move comes after Clitheroe hosted a successful Christmas market, Northern Star, organised and funded by Ribble Valley Borough Council on four Saturdays last December that attracted hundreds of festive shoppers.

Heather Coar, the council’s head of environmental services, said: “Following the success of Northern Star, we are aiming to boost footfall to the market even further by hosting a series of special markets.

“Recent studies show that markets contribute to social interaction and community regeneration, but over the past decade they have been experiencing significant decline across the UK.

“Northern Star was a huge success and we want to build on that by hosting a series of special markets catering for all tastes and needs, with the capacity to attract a broad range of shoppers and visitors.

“We are delighted to be hosting a showcase for the borough’s young entrepreneurs.”

Farmers’ markets allow farmers to sell their products direct to the public and are popular among food enthusiasts, who favour buying local produce and meeting suppliers face-to-face, while flea markets have long been a magnet to bargain hunters and thrifty residents looking to grab a bargain or raise cash from unwanted items. Up to 30 stalls are available at the Friday flea markets for just £5.60 a day on a pre-booked basis.

The remaining special markets are 17 June – young entrepreneurs, 15 July – pet goods, 16 September – pies and pastry.

Further details and flea market bookings are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111 or visit the Clitheroe Market page.

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