A TOWN officially added another string to its bow as its new market was hailed a success.
The new event is held on Fridays in Church Street, Seaham, and was officially unveiled by Mayor Barbara Ramshaw.
John Noble, of Noble Promotions, which is running the market, said: “It’s a massive success.
“The feedback we’ve had from the market traders is they’re pleased and people from the shops have said the same.
“The only issue last week was we couldn’t get enough stalls and it was a bit tight because we had some very big stalls, but we got some smaller ones to slot in this time.”
The company is looking into putting on a bus to bring shoppers in from surrounding towns and villages and plans to bring in Christmas-themed stalls as the festive period draws near.
Coun Ramshaw gave the stamp of approval to the market as the band Root ’n Toot struck up.
She said: “I think the market is absolutely wonderful.
“The council has fought for a long time to get this here and I think it’s a benefit to our economy and it is bringing people in.
“The traders have said they’ve done better and there are lots of people down here, which is brilliant.”
Barmaid Amanda Hepworth visited the market for the second week running.
She said: “It’s got a good range and I’m looking for a bargain my friend got last week.
“I think it is bringing people in and the shops seem to be doing well out of it.”