THE chance to try your hand at being a market trader for just £10 is coming up at a special market in Whitchurch.
On Saturday, June 23, from 9am to 2pm, the town will be celebrating National Market Day, an initiative which came out of the recent Portas Report and which is supported by the government.
The intention is to support all types of markets and also encourage potential new entrepreneurs to try out being a stallholder by renting a `stall for a tenner’.
Farmers’ market chairman Geoff Handley put the idea to the town council, feeling that as Whitchurch is the oldest market town in Shropshire, with a long market heritage, it should support this initiative.
The town council has backed the idea and will take responsibility for the new traders and traders from their own markets.
Mr Handley said: “National Market Day is a special market so we will have a general market, a farmers’ market and new traders at both the Civic Centre and Bullring.
“Most of our farmers’ markets traders have said they will come for this special market so their customers will have an extra opportunity to buy their favourite items.
“Some of our general Friday market traders will hopefully attend and it should give them exposure to a wider audience and promote our Friday general market.”
People who would like to try their hand at being a market trader can apply by contacting the town council on 01948 665761 or call in at the council office in the Civic Centre.
New traders will need to register at least one week before the market in order that insurance cover can be extended to cover them.
The farmers’ market will be introducing several new traders at this market, including a micro brewery.
Morris dancers are also lined up and street musicians.