New outdoor market arrives in town to boost trade

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A new outdoor food market has been launched to showcase local businesses with monthly spreads of Yorkshire produce.

At the first Morley Food Market 15 stalls helped draw customers on to Queen Street.

Jason Cunningham of The Organic Pantry.

Jason Cunningham of The Organic Pantry.

Traders at the first market included The Little Yorkshire pie company, Little Badger Cider Company and businesses from the town’s indoor market, including Robyn’s Nest delicatessen.

Town Centre manager Rachael Kennedy said: “This was our first event and it is bringing vibrance to a quieter part of the high street.

“Traders came to us saying they wanted to see something a little bit different and this is something we wanted to try.

“It is going to be drawing in people and making them willing to travel to the area.”

Carol Hercoj selling her produce.

Carol Hercoj selling her produce.

Mrs Kennedy said that 89 per cent of all Morley’s businesses are independently run, allowing the town to offer a bespoke shopping experience.

However Queen Street was identified as the perfect place for the food market to try and attract more people to the area.

Mrs Kennedy said: “Its usually very busy on the precinct or in the other areas consistently throughout the week but Queen Street almost has an invisible line across it.

“We just have to make sure we attract people down to this area so they can see what is on offer.

“We are aiming to put Morley on the map.”

And organisers are already wanting to expand the food market by encouraging other businesses to get involved.

Mrs Kennedy said:“I would like to see some of the other local businesses join in and get on board.

“We should all be working together for events like this.

“They could offer light discounts on the day or consider joining us by setting up a stall on the day.”

People took to twitter to share their views about the market.

Mr John Tasker said: “It was good. Hope it grows and prospers.”

Andrea Jenkyns, MP said: “Morley #FoodMarket launched today. Pop down to Queen St. between 9am and 4pm for some fantastic local products.”

Morley Food Market will be held on the last Friday of every month, with the exception of Friday, 16, December.