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Easter market a sign of success

By Sue Austin | Oswestry | News | Published:

Oswestry's street market could be extended into other roads in the town.

Getting into the Easter spirit at Oswestry's indoor market are Claire Fungill from Balloons For All Occasions and Teresa Jones from Teresa's Sugar Craft.

Such has been the success of moving the stalls from the market square on Bailey Head down in Bailey Street that some councillors have been discussing whether there could be more stalls in another pedestrianised area - Cross Street.

One of the reasons for the success is the among of specialist markets that are now held throughout the year.

On Friday there will be a Good Friday Family day will a variety of attractions for all ages at both the outdoor and indoor markets.

Just over a year ago the outdoor market had dwindled to an average of just 10 stalls.

Then last spring the decision was taken to move the outdoor stalls into Bailey Street to stop the market folding altogether.

Since then numbers at the Wednesday and Saturday markets have risen to over 20 a week and sometime almost 30 stalls.

Revived

Councillor Paul Milner, chairman of the markets committee, said: "The market is such a success that I am sure that we will be looking at it going into Cross Street as well."

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Each week the outdoor market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays will the indoor market in Powis Hall also open on Fridays.

On the last Friday of each month there is a highly popular artisan market, again revived after the farmers' market stalled.

The Good Friday family fun day is the first of a number of events taking place throughout the summer.

There will be an easter egg hunt, storytelling, face painting, colouring competition and a visit by owls to the market as well as small, fairground rides.

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The market will run from 10am to 2pm with a host of different stall and even free chocolate tasting.

Markets focusing on antiques, gardening and charities are also planned.

Markets manger, Mr David Clough said town centre events such as the food festival, balloon festival and heritage weekend also helped attract people to the market stalls.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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