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Nelson Market aims to impress ‘guru’ Mary Portas
10:25am Friday 12th October 2012 in News
MARKET bosses are hoping to entice Mary Portas to an art and vintage sale which has been inspired by the self-crowned ‘Queen of Shops’.
More than 60 stalls will be clustered around the ACE Centre and Victory Centre to celebrate Nelson’s Portas Pilot Town status, from October 19 to 21.
The brainchild of Nelson and Colne College students, an invitation has been extended to the high street guru, who is backing a revival initiative which saw the town given £100,000.
Traders are bidding to tempt more students into their stores and the market is one of the first major efforts to rejuvenate the town’s shopping offer.
Kirsty Rose, Pendle Leisure Trust arts development manager at who has organised the market, said: “This is very exciting for Nelson and will definitely help to put the town on the map.”
Quirky wares, including hand-made jewellery, vintage clothing, artwork, hand-sewn soft furnishings, accessories, knitted babywear, photography and greetings cards are being lined up.
And live demonstrations of illuminated calligraphy, a photo booth and drop-in workshops teaching knitting, crocheting and renovating furniture are also scheduled.
Shoppers can also pop into the Pendle Open Art Exhibition at the ACE Centre over the weekend, which is being supported by traders and cafe owners. A witch-drawing competition is also being arranged by Pendle Witch T-shirts Limited, with the winner able to walk away with their own design printed on a t-shirt.
Coun Paul White, economic development cabinet member, said the market was a ‘key’ component of the Portas Pilot work.
He added: “There’s a very impressive line-up of stalls throughout the weekend and I’m certain Nelson will be buzzing with excitement. If it’s a success, it will return every other month.”
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