TRADERS are being offered two free weeks rent at a town market in a bid to boost the vibrancy of the event.

Ferryhill Town Council currently holds a weekly market every Friday in the town centre car park.

Its regular stalls include sweets, clothing and pet food retailers but the council hopes to improve the market by increasing the number and variety of stalls.

Members and officers hope the move will improve the local retail offer for residents and attract new shoppers to the town to support existing traders.

It is now inviting new traders to attend the Friday market and as an incentive will offer them free plots for the first two weeks.

The rent thereafter will be determined by stall size.

It is also urging residents to turn out and see what the market has to offer and to support local traders.

Mayor David Farry said: “We’re happy to incentivise new traders and hope lots of people come forward to make the most of this opportunity.

"We see the market as a pivotal part of the town centre so want a bigger, more diverse and vibrant market.

"It is important for increasing footfall, a way of supporting businesses that might want to trade here and to boost customers at existing businesses.

"As a council we've committed to the market, we've planned a Christmas market on November 30 and plan to experiment with specialist markets next year like an autojumble sale when the vintage rally is on and farmers' markets."

  • Retailers interested in trialling a stall can contact Ferryhill Town Hall on 01740-652157 or enquiries@ferryhill.gov.uk