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Market is all set to return to Shipston
9:50am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
DESPITE it having a market charter since 1268, Shipston has been missing a regular market for 50 years.
But on Monday night, town councillors unanimously voted to support a motion for the return of a market after half a century and will now be responsible for all markets within the parish.
Members also decided the town council would join the National Association of British Markets and register the existing royal charter which gives it the right to hold a regular market.
Councillor Ian Cooper said the town square would be the preferred location.
“There will be an initial consultation with providers and we will ask them if they will provide a trial one,” he said. “We would need a third party to run and administer a regular market.”
Speaking after the meeting, deputy mayor Philip Vial, said: “We’ve got a market charter from 1268 and we’re a market town without a market which is a fairly daft position to be in.
“What we are hoping is it will attract more people to Shipston and support our shops, cafés, businesses and provide a more vibrant town centre.
“It’s a very exciting step for the town. It’s been talked about for the past six or seven years and nobody’s got around to organising it until recently.
“There’s a lot of comments going around the town saying how brilliant it will be.
It’s incredibly popular.”
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