Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

250-Year-Old Market Is Aiming for a New Lease of Life

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

250-Year-Old Market Is Aiming for a New Lease of Life

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Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East EMAIL: TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, The Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000

SOUTH Shields Market, which began in 1770 and is one of the oldest open-air markets in the North East, has spanned centuries providing visitors with a whole range of goods.

Now, stall holders at the market are calling for new traders to join their ranks.

Held in a traditional market square with the 18th century elegant 'pepper pot' Old Town Hall at its heart, the historic church of St Hilda stands on the south side of the Market Place, and there has been a church on the site since 647 AD.

Now traders are calling on fellow market stall holders and the general-public to come along and join them in breathing fresh life into the threetimes-weekly market which is now managed in partnership with South Tyneside Council.

Andrea Petts, 50, of Jarrow was brought up with South Shields Market as both her parents were traders with a handbag stall directly in front of the Old Town Hall.

"I used to go with my parents when I was a baby until I was about ten. I liked the atmosphere and I used to get the other traders, and the inspector Mr Smith who was in the Old Town Hall, cups of tea. It was so busy then and there was a waiting list for stalls."

Andrea began trading at the market herself on a Saturday, in March this year, after she launched a new floristry business Rustic Blooms in Jarrow.

She added: "I would love to see the market at its best again. We need more traders to come and fill the stalls so there's more choice and more people will visit."

Meanwhile fellow trader Nichola Hobson, 38, of Seaham, launched her party planning business Party Secrets eight months ago after the idea came while running her gift stall on South Shields Market. …

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