Market stalls will move inside during winter
Stall holders at Dover’s new Tuesday market are heading indoors
during the next few months, but say they will be out again in
The Bluebird Market was set up in
the Market Square and Cannon Street in November to boost trade in
the town centre.
The stall holders say they are
determined to continue trading despite the harsh winter
Every Tuesday next Tuesday (Jan 15)
to the end of March the former Ernest Newson shop in the Market
Square will host the stalls. Twelve have secured a spot there and
say the indoor market will open weekly from 9am to 2pm, with
special events planned for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
The street market returns to Cannon
Street on the April 2.
Tersons letting agents approved the
temporary use and the district council has agreed to waive business
rates on a short-term basis.
"The Bluebird Market, with an
average of 30 stalls each week, has been a huge success for both
the Town Team and local entrepreneurs starting a new venture," said
town team member David Little.
"It has helped revitalise the town
centre, bringing a much needed boost to the independent shops too.
Local people have been hugely supportive of the venture so far and
it’s hoped that bringing the market indoors will mean this will
"Having spoken with the traders, January to March can be a
difficult time. However we are determined to keep Tuesday as market
day, albeit on a smaller scale."
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