Durham’s late market hailed a success

Durham's late-evening market in the city's Market Place, brings out the shoppers looking for bargains to be had.
Durham's late-evening market in the city's Market Place, brings out the shoppers looking for bargains to be had.
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A LATE market in Durham City has been hailed a retail success by organisers.

Durham Markets Company held what is believed to be Durham’s first evening outdoor market.

It came following recommendations in a report by high street guru Mary Portas, aimed at improving trade in town and city centres.

“The aim was to provide a link between the close of the daytime economy and the start of the evening one,” said Durham Markets Company managing director Colin Wilkes.

“Usually the streets of Durham are very quiet after 5pm for at least an hour or two.

“We had more than 25 stalls and were pleased so many people turned out to browse them.

“Several people told me the market created a real family friendly atmosphere, which is exactly what we were hoping to achieve.”

Mr Wilkes said plans are being made for another evening market to be held in the next few weeks.

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