TRADERS are urging shoppers to support their stalls at Sowerby Bridge’s “friendly” market.
The market moved to an enviable spot in Wharf Street at the heart of town over three years ago.
The £1 million solar-powered site offers quality produce ranging from meat and fish to jewellery and DVDs, as well as toilets the old Station Road location lacked.
Chris Sands, of Calderdale’s Totally Locally campaign, said a recent survey revealed an average market shop was 33 per cent cheaper than a supermarket shop.
He said: “The thing about markets like this is that the stallholders are all experts in their field.
“A quick conversation will lead to you discovering new things you probably wouldn’t have dreamt of trying. It’s what makes shopping interesting, instead of just throwing a pre-packed item in your shopping trolley.”
He added: “It is the warmth and expertise of the stallholders that makes you want to go to this friendly market in the heart of this up-and-coming town.”
Ann Browning, owner of ANZ Pets, urged locals to try the market and said: “If everybody who worked around the market spent just £1 a day here, it’d be a big help.”
Other stallholders said free parking around the market would give them a boost.
Colin Dibb, who has sold homewares in the town for more than 20 years, said: “The old place was dropping down but they didn’t have to pay for parking.
“The trouble here is that they have to pay for the car parking and down there they hadn’t to pay,” he said.
Sandra Gledhill moved her Georgie Girl costume jewellery stall to the town last month after the Piece Hall’s Saturday market shut.
You can support Sowerby Bridge market by paying a visit on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.
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