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Makers Market forced to move from Fishergate to the Flag Market

Posted on - 26th April, 2019 - 3:28pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport, What's On in Preston
Chocolate cakes expected to be on offer at the Makers Market
Chocolate cakes expected to be on offer at the Makers Market

A Makers Market due to run down Fishergate has been relocated.

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Preston’s Flag Market is to be the venue for the monthly Makers Market.

Co-organisers Preston Business Improvement District and the city’s retail forum have blamed local councils for the venue change and being unable to use Fishergate.

The day remains the same for the market, Saturday 11 May, but it won’t be on Preston’s high street which was due to be closed to traffic.

More than 80 stalls of makers, creators, artists and food stalls will be close to the Harris and on the Flag Market.

Organisers say street food stalls Scumpy Pig, La Raclette Hut and Little Pickle have all been confirmed.

Other food options include Cheshire Cheesecake, Dave the Pie Man, Hot Stuffed and Ko-Co Brownies.

The market will run from 10am to 4pm.

A makers market elsewhere lining the streets
A makers market elsewhere lining the streets

Chairman of the city centre’s retail forum Andrew Stringer hinted they had not received the full backing of either council.

He told Blog Preston: “Artisan Markets have proved hugely successful in towns and cities across the country, driving visitor numbers for the benefit of all.

“Retail businesses from across Preston have worked hard for some considerable time to attract such a successful artisan market that will not only enhance Preston as a destination but will compliment the fantastic retail offer already available in the city.

“The support of the local authorities is crucial in the delivery of this amazing concept and whilst we appreciate the logistics and formalities associated and the minor challenges these may present, those behind the Makers Market coming to Preston really encourage the authorities to find a solution to enable this.

“The united team behind this project are ready to push forward and establish Preston as open for business to our local and wider audiences.”

What the councils had to say

A spokeswoman for Preston City Council said: “Facilitating a road closure to host such an event on Fishergate is in the hands of the highways authority.

“As a city council, Preston has a proven track record of delivering a wide range of events in the city centre, such as Lancashire Encounter and weekend activities and performances throughout the summer.

“If organisers of the Makers Market complete necessary timely requests via our events application process, we will do what we can to enable appropriate events to take place, which will benefit both Preston residents and visitors.”

While a spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We work closely with public and private partners to support the Preston economy, however would not support the closure of Fishergate for a Saturday market as it would cause too much disruption and inconvenience to bus passengers and operators, as well as other businesses, and people using this busy area.

“We would be happy to work with Makers Market and Preston City Council to consider more suitable locations.”

A full trader line up is due to be announced in the coming weeks and stalls are still available for any makers who want to take part by emailing kellymakersmarket@gmail.com

Read more: See what else is on in Preston

Clarification: An earlier version of this posted stated the Harris would have stalls within it as part of the market. This was incorrect information provided by the organisers and published in good faith. We apologise for any confusion caused.

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