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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Barrow market traders break with tradition for tour

BARROW Indoor Market is normally closed on Thursdays. But when a major event attracting thousands of people comes to town, some traditions go out the window.

With the Pearl Izumi Tour Series BAE Systems Barrow Stage taking place on Thursday, stallholders were balloted on whether they wanted to open on what would usually be a non-market day.

The majority of businesses voted in favour of opening especially, so the market will be open to customers between noon and 6pm.

Linda Miln, who runs Daddy’s Cafe, said: “I’m hoping it will be a good success.

“This town needs more publicity and things to attract people to the town centre.

“It’s quite a good little town and it’s nice when something like this comes, because I always say we’re on the doorstep of the Lake District and it’s great when they bring things like this to Barrow instead of taking them to Ulverston and Kendal.

“Whenever the council looks to support events, we’ll always be happy to open because you can’t have the market open without a cafe.

“But let’s hope it’s good for everybody and that people will come and come back again.”

Wendy Gunning, of Pets Paradise, said: “I’m not sure whether it will be beneficial to a pet shop or not, but I always like to support other people who it definitely will be beneficial to, like the cafe and things like that.

“I’m all for trying anything in this day and age.

“I believe we should all support each other; that’s what the market is all about.

Ann Taylforth, Barrow Borough Council town centre and festivals manager, said: “We balloted stallholders and the majority consensus was that they would open from noon until 6pm.

“We sent out questionnaires to them all.

“We only do this when we have a huge event like this.

“Not all stallholders are opening, but we’ve got enough opening to open the market.”

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