Seaham market gets approved

Susan Freeman (left) and Carol Noble of Noble Promotions, who are organising Seaham's first outdoor market in Church Street.

Susan Freeman (left) and Carol Noble of Noble Promotions, who are organising Seaham's first outdoor market in Church Street.

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A HIGH street will host its first market after it was given the go-ahead from council chiefs.

Permission was granted for the weekly sale in Seaham’s Church Street in April, but it was delayed as its bosses waited for a licence to be issued by Durham County Council.

Now Noble’s Promotions is preparing to hold the first market this Friday, promising about 40 stalls, which will trade from 9am to 4pm.

Business boss John Noble, who already runs car boot sales at sites including Seaham, West Rainton, Peterlee and Chester-le-Street, said the venture comes after two years of work by the company.

He said: “We finally got the licence three weeks ago and the market opens on Friday.

“The problem has been down to the council having nobody to issue the licence for a market, but they’ve solved that.

“Originally, we wanted to open in June.

“I must say we’ve had a lot of help from local councillors.”

Stalls, which will include many who regularly trade in Stanley, will sell items including haberdashery, tools, clothing, make-up, seafood, fruit and vegetables and computer disks, with a meat auctioneer to also lead a sale.

Mr Noble, who runs the firm with wife Carol and is drafting in managers to oversee the market, added: “There will be a lot of offers on for the first week and we are expecting a few niggly problems in the early stages and that first week.

“But there are some good quality market traders coming.”

The market will be officially launched on the Friday after by mayor of Seaham Barbara Ramshaw.

A bus is to be set up to bring in shoppers from surrounding areas, including Murton and Peterlee.

The shop owners in Church Street have previously expressed both support and concern for the sale, with some sure it will bring in customers,while others fear it could take trade away from their shops.

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