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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Landlord to bring back Dalton outdoor market

A LANDLORD is hoping to resurrect a Furness town’s outdoor market by holding it on his pub forecourt.

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in the market Celebrating the launch of the market in Dalton at the Wellington Pub are business partners Richie Lloyd and Bev Blowers, left and right, with market stall holders Rachel Hoggarth, centre left, and Pauline Fowles JON GRANGER REF: 50044883B000

Richie Lloyd plans to hold a twice-weekly market outside the Wellington Hotel in Dalton.

He said the forecourt could hold 12 stalls and perhaps up to 18 at a push.

Mr Lloyd, who took over the Market Street pub last autumn, hopes to hold the market every Tuesday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

But he said it would be more realistic to start by staging it on the first and third Sundays of the month – starting in April.

If the weather was particularly wet provision could be made to stage the market indoors.

Around 15 people have expressed an interest in having a stall, but only a handful have committed to sign up for a 12-week period.

Mr Lloyd said the idea arose after his partner got talking to customers who reminisced about the town’s once-thriving outdoor market. He said: “We thought, let’s see if we can give it a go.

“We don’t want to compete with others (traders) already in the town.

“It’s about bringing in someone with a stall or a product not available – I don’t want to impinge on any other businesses.”

Mr Lloyd is an ex-casino manager who for the past three years has taken on failing pubs to get them making money again.

He said he could not guarantee he would remain long-term at the Wellington, which is owned by pub company Enterprise Inns, but would like to stay if the venture can become viable and win back the support of the community.

Mr Lloyd said: “I feel like, while I can look for other pubs, this one could be my pub.

“It’s just about getting it up and running; we’re coming from a standing start because it’s been shut for several months.

“We’re running at about 25 per cent of what we need to be running at to take it on.

“It’s not financially viable at the moment, but it’s building – and it’s building quickly.

“There’s no doubt, when a pub shuts, people go off into a new environment and get comfortable.

“I can understand people thinking ‘it’s shut before, it will shut again’.

“But what we’ve got to do is get them back.”

Mr Lloyd said he was happy to offer the pub’s function room out for free to local groups and societies.

Dalton mayor, Councillor Barry Doughty, said there was good potential to dovetail the Wellington market with the town council’s idea for an indoor/outdoor market at the Drill Hall courtesy of money allocated under the Mary Portas scheme.

Have your say

Good Luck in your venture , this town needs to be brought back to life , it is dieing , when I drive through of a night their is not a soul to be seen , all you see is Junk food shops and empty pubs , such a shame from a few years ago .

Posted by rita watson on 26 February 2013 at 21:27

Best news ever its about time lets try bring some life back in to dalton you Carnt even buy a pair of socks in dalton nice one

Posted by Sue on 26 February 2013 at 13:59

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