Market revived by stallholders

Darlington and Stockton Times: ARTS AND CRAFTS: stall holders who sell homemade arts, crafts and produce have relaunched Croft’s twice-monthly market. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (7156684) ARTS AND CRAFTS: stall holders who sell homemade arts, crafts and produce have relaunched Croft’s twice-monthly market. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (7156684)

A POPULAR market has been revived by its stall holders.

When the organisers of the village market in Croft decided to shut up shop, dedicated stall holders formed a co-operative to secure its future.

Their efforts saw crowds of people enjoy the re-launch of the market in the village hall yesterday (Saturday, June 14).

Locally produced jams, breads, jewellery and arts and crafts were on offer at the re-named Croft Artisan Market.

Stall holder Hannah Dawson said the community had rallied together to keep the market alive.

She said: “It’s been really supported locally and all of our friends and families came out.

“Having a market like this in Croft is vastly important – we had people telling us that it had saved them a trip to town and had also given them a chance to catch up with people, there were a lot of local faces.

“It really is a community effort and I think when people come in and see homemade breads and jams and bespoke jewellery, they love it, it’s not something they can get in a supermarket and it’s right on their doorstep.

“It’s great to see people buying local products, it’s what helps make the world go round.”

The Croft Artisan Market will be held on the second Saturday of every month. The next event will take place from 9.30am until 2.30pm on Saturday, July 12 and will coincide with the village’s Gala Day.

For more information or to book a table, email dawncarvey@btinternet.com

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