People are being asked to shop local and make the most of markets across Hambleton.

The district council is throwing its support behind the markets in Northallerton and Thirsk with a publicity campaign and radio broadcasts.

They are promoting Northallerton market on Wednesday and Saturday and Thirsk Market on Monday and Saturday, which have both been runnings for hundreds of years. It’s part of their wider #DiscoverHambleton campaign which aims to encourage people to visit, stay and return to the district.

Cllr Mark Robson, leader of Hambleton District Council, said: “It’s been a tough couple of years for our high streets with Covid and as the cost-of-living crisis deepens, it’s more important than ever that as a district council, we get behind our local business community and do all we can to encourage people to shop local, use their local markets and shop at our independent businesses.

“It’s always a great atmosphere in both Thirsk and Northallerton on market day especially during the summer months and I look forward to seeing people out and about enjoying all our market towns have to offer.”

A radio advertising campaign is running throughout June on local radio station York Mix.