A NEW ‘fan-zone’ and shoppers’ relaxation area has been created in Burnley market where visitors can relax and watch sporting events on large televisions.

The town’s markets services department has created a new lounge-style rest area which features 16 leather chairs, tables and four large screens.

Organisers hope the area will encourage shoppers to stay longer in the town centre.

They hope the seating area will give shoppers the opportunity to take a break from shopping, put their feet up and watch television.

It is also intended to provide a comfortable area to meet up with friends and relatives while shopping.

Councillor Andy Tatchell, the council’s executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: “While your partner, friends, or parents are trying on their new outfits or having their nails and hair done, you can take a break, read a book or paper or just sit, relax and chill out in this stylish area.

“Burnley Market Hall is always looking at ways of improving its customer shopping experience, and the new rest area will add to the market’s appeal.

“Shopping at local markets is seeing a resurgence, with shoppers seeking local products, to support independent traders, in a friendly bustling environment.”

“The new TVs couldn’t have come at a better time, in place for the Euro 2012 and the Olympics, so don’t stay at home, why not keep up with all the games whilst out shopping.”