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Markets could breathe new life into town

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

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TWO new markets are set to breathe new life into Ashbourne in 2013.

Entrepreneur and mum of three, Michelle Scattergood, 48, from Ashbourne is to launch two new ventures at Ashbourne Town Hall.

In January, Mrs Scattergood, who formerly owned The Boutique and Scattergoods Antiques in Ashbourne town centre, will launch a vintage and flea market which she hopes will boost trade on Sundays.

Then, a month later, a farmer’s market is scheduled to run alongside the regular Thursday market.

Mrs Scattergood, who was a market trader during her college years and is again trading on markets, including Ashbourne, is hopeful the new markets will boost the current weekday market and give the town a boon on Sundays each month.

She said: “I’ve been selling for 32 years and I used to sell vintage clothes on the Eagle Market in Derby when I was at college. I still love vintage stuff and there’s nothing like that in Ashbourne.

“We do get a lot of tourists coming through on Sundays and sometimes there isn’t a lot for them to do, so I’m hoping it will be successful.

“I think it will be beneficial to people who have got things to sell and also it’s there for people to come and have a rummage

“I get a buzz from something second hand because you never know what you’re going to find. It might not be valuable, but you could just come across a cup which would replace one you broke three years ago to give you a full set again.

“I think it would help the town.

“The Farmer’s Market will be on Thursdays as I thought hopefully it would help save the outdoor market. It will be indoors, opposite the Thursday market in the Town Hall, which was originally built as a market hall and there’s plenty of space outside to have stalls out there as well to link it into the regular market.

“I hope it will help because people do travel to towns like Ashbourne purposely for things like farmer’s markets. We’ve got interest from lots of people including a baker and a fudge-maker who have both booked for each month during 2013.

“I hope the markets will boost the town, add a bit of interest to the Thursday market and provide something for people to come to on a Sunday.”

The Vintage and Flea Market is on Sunday, January 27 and the first Farmer’s Market will be on Thursday, February 28.

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