Whitehaven’s Market to be Relaunched this September

Whitehaven’s market will be transformed and relaunched this September with over two dozen brand new market stalls being offered to traders free of charge.

Copeland Borough Council has been working in partnership with local stakeholders including the Whitehaven Town Council to revamp the marketplace and get the twice weekly market bustling once more.

Funds received from The Whitehaven Town Council in 2016/17 will see the introduction of a Market Officer alongside 30 brand new market stalls. These will be offered to traders free for the relaunched market.

Mike Starkie, Elected Mayor of Copeland, said: “We are delighted to work with local stakeholders and the Town Council to make Whitehaven Market a thriving feature in the town again. This is an exciting opportunity not only for residents and visitors of the town, but also for local businesses and entrepreneurs looking to trade locally without additional rental commitments and start-up costs.

“It is wonderful to see excitement around the future of the market. I urge everyone to come along and support this event and help to promote the market as much as possible. We are also keen to hear from anyone who is interested in trading. We can offer advice and support for those interested in taking a stall.”

The relaunch, a special 3-day event packed full of street entertainment, local produce, a continental market, crafts and food is scheduled for Thursday 29th September, Friday 30thSeptember and Saturday 1st October (continental market only on Sunday 2nd October) and will celebrate the exciting opportunities Whitehaven market can bring to the Copeland, its residents and local traders.

Cllr Raymond Gill, Chairman of Whitehaven Town Council, said: “This is an exciting prospect for our town and borough. We have seen a steady decline in market stalls over the years, so the rejuvenation of the market is something the town council was extremely keen to be involved in and see through. We really hope that people come and support the relaunch, and enjoy all that the new market has to offer.”

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