Every Tuesday, if you make your way down to Bedale Market Place, you will find friendly faces, welcoming smiles and amazing service. Whether you’re seeking locally grown fruit, vegetables or plants; fresh fish, clothing or confectionary; Bedale Market has it all.
Week in, week out, through rain or shine, a faithful and committed group of traders brave the British weather to bring us a fantastic range of food and goods right to our doorstep.
Some traders have been coming for years.. Carricks have been bringing their fruit and vegetables and fresh fish since 1929. Martin Carrick was an engineer until he gave up his job to work for the family firm.
“Bedale has always been a market that has held its own. Trade is very consistent, we do tend to get a few more faces in the summer months but it is a good market. People come from all over the country in the summer and say they wish they had this kind of service. For people just starting out this is a good way to promote a product, it can be a real stepping stone to the big time.”
Market Superintendent Phil Matthews started running his own stall selling socks, gloves and slippers, a year ago and says it’s the ultimate in local shopping.
“Most of the traders are local people, who live within a few miles although some come from further afield, for the shopper it is good value because of our low costs and minimum travelling expenses we can keep the prices down.”
The market charter was granted to Bedale over 760 years ago, allowing the town to hold a market on the Tuesday of each week. For hundreds of years it has been a focal point of trade and commerce and as High Streets throughout Britain have been battered by out of town shopping and economic uncertainty Bedale market has maintained its presence.
Bedale Town Council are now offering budding entrepreneurs a unique chance to test their markets and show off their goods to the public for just £11 a day.
Mayor of Bedale, Mandi Coates said: “The market is such an important part of the town, we really want to see it being used and improved. We want to encourage more traders to come, this really is a unique chance for people to put their commercial ideas to the test, for the price of less than a round of drinks.
We are calling on local people to support their market, market traders to have faith in it and potential business people and traders to try it.”
For those of us who live in Bedale, Bedale Market is as much an integral part of our town as St. Gregory’s Church or Bedale Hall. At BedaleOnline, we’re all about supporting local businesses. We want to see Bedale Market continue for years to come, but in order for it to do so, we need local people to support it and use it on a regular basis.
We know how easy it is to order your food shopping from the local supermarket. But just for a change, if you don’t already, how about trying out your local market? Buy local and see if you can taste the difference? Enjoy the great service and local produce and feel proud of yourself for supporting your local market!
To find out more about Bedale Market, to enquire about a stall or to receive a new leaflet about the market, contact Phil Matthews on 07894599765 or the town clerk Richard Howard on 01677 427949 (Mondays and Thursdays) email [email protected]