A thriving country market in Clitheroe has relocated.
Clitheroe Country Market members have now successfully completed the move from the lower church hall to the main body of the United Reformed Church at the top of Moor Lane in Clitheroe.
The new location with main doors on to Castlegate has resulted in an increase in new visitors and some locals who have only just discovered the market even though it has been trading in Clitheroe for nearly 50 years!
Instead of tackling the tricky cobbles of Strang Stee to access the side door, customers can now take advantage of the main entrance with its steps and disabled lift, making it much easier for wheelchair users and mums with prams to visit the regular Tuesday.
Ruth Cowperthwaite, market manager, said: “The move has proved very popular with the surroundings providing a warmer, more vibrant atmosphere. We are finding that there is now a steady stream of regular customers picking up orders and meeting friends for coffee and cake.”
It has proved to be a year of change with new producers joining the cooperative bringing their unique talent to the tables. Anji (specialist knits and crafts), Fiona (fine artist), Anne (baker), Deirdre (handmade sewn crafts), and Alison (sales) all agree that they are enjoying meeting such a diverse range of customers and working as part of a friendly community.
All the producers are currently busy working towards the extra Saturday Christmas Market on November 25th from 10am to 4pm where there will be an array of home grown, hand crafted, and home baked Christmas cakes, gifts and treats on display.
The regular Clitheroe Country Market is open from 9-30am to noon every Tuesday until December 12th. The members then take a winter break reopening in March.
Clitheroe Country Market is run as a not-for-profit cooperative and is part of a network of Country Markets across the country.