Warner Street traders Evonne Harwood and Kathryn Furey are planning to draw the crowds and revitalise local shopping with an ‘artisan’ evening market on Peel Street. The late-night market, which will open on September 1, will run for five weeks every Thursday evening from 5pm to 9pm.
Evonne, who runs the Pink Magpie Vintage Emporium, said: “If we lose the market we are losing the heart of the town. We can’t compete with Blackburn but we can do what we do well and be a great place of local trade.
“This will be something that is totally different. All the kiosks are supporting us and are going to open.
“We are trying to bring enjoyment and the atmosphere up and when the market is normally closed, people will instead be able to pull up outside the car park and shop.”
Hyndburn council has granted the pair permission for a five-week trial period.
Evonne said: “We have just got to prove ourselves and rely on the support of the local people to shop local, spend local. The ultimate aim is to bring in full time traders into the main market.”
There will be stalls including food, crafts, and organic breads and cheeses, as well street entertainers and live music. Restaurants will also be offering food demonstrations.
Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson said they will assess whether the evening market becomes a permanent fixture.
Coun Parkinson told the Observer: “The Chamber of Trade and the Town Team have been involved in the evening market and the council will enable that taking place, keeping the stalls open for that.
“But shopping is about people in the town, the council can’t decide where people will spend their money.
“After the first month we’ll assess how it goes and hopefully it can become a regular thing, a Thursday evening market, and that’s something that needs to be supported.”