The popular South Shore New Market will have its official opening this Friday (26th) with Gordon cutting the ribbon.
It is part of a fun day of events planned on Waterloo Road from 12pm to 4pm, with a brass band in attendance, free donkey rides for the children, a £50 shopping voucher to win and plenty of other fun stuff planned throughout the afternoon.
Local business owners David Clewes and Susie Gallagher got the building back up and running in April, after it was shut for more than a year, and only in the last week received confirmation from Blackpool Council that they would be receiving a grant of up to £75,000 for some quality repairs on the roofing.
David said: “As someone who has traded in the market for 26 years, it was very good to me personally but also the wider area. It was a massive blow to the stallholders and local shoppers when it was forced to close.
“It’s been great to have the support from our MP Gordon Marsden, local ward councillors and council officers, who recognised this and with their support and influence, helped to get it reopened.”
“I am delighted that Gordon will be reopening the New Market and it will be a great afternoon – the traders and wider community in South Shore and incredibly grateful for the work they and others have done us behind the scenes to get the building back up and running again.”
In a joint statement Gordon and Councillor David O’Hara for Waterloo said: “The New Market is a proud part of the local community and it was really important that we found a solution to get it up back and running again. It was a long process but we wish Dave and Susie, along with all the other local traders in the market, and across South Shore every success. A successful and vibrant market will have a positive impact on other shops and businesses located along Waterloo Road and Bond Street.”
Susanne Johnson, Chair of the Blackpool FSB branch added: “I have been pushing with others for the revival of the South Shore area and the New Market is a very important part of this – it’s a community hub, where people can meet, do their shopping and I know it will thrive under Dave, Susie and the other traders, making the whole area even better.”
She explained that it was a part of series of events to help turn the South South shopping area into an alternative to the town centre.
For more information about the New Market and the open day, you can contact David (Clewes) on 07968060442.