Gazebos have it covered in town

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Shoppers and traders are giving the new gazebos at Chorley Markets a thumbs up after they were used for the first time last week.

People visiting the Flat Iron market on Tuesday were met with a blaze of colour as the old fashioned stalls have been replaced with brand new gazebos that have red and white striped tops with pelmets saying ‘Welcome to Chorley Markets’.

Coun Alan Cullens, who champions the town centre at Chorley Council, said: “The new gazebos give the market a brand new look and we’ve already had people saying how much of an improvement it is.

“The new stalls make it a lot easier for traders to display their goods and in turn that makes it a better shopping experience for visitors to the town centre.

“The council is really keen to support the markets and we hope by attracting more people to Chorley it will also help provide a boost to other town centre traders.”

The Flat Iron market, owned and managed by Chorley Council, stands on part of the town’s Flat Iron car park every Tuesday and the new layout with gazebo-style stalls means there will be a total of 46 new gazebos plus 28 pitches.

Stallholder David Broughton was one of the first to use the new gazebos and said they would be a great improvement on the old stalls.

Shoppers were glowing with praise for the new look with the talk all around the market about the brand new look.

Mary Cocker, who was visiting one of the clothing stalls, said: “They’re really bright and stand out and give a more welcoming feel to the market. They’ll provide more cover when if it’s raining and they look really good.”

The gazebos will be used for the weekly Flat Iron market but also for other events in the town centre.

“I’d urge anyone who has not been to the markets for a while and come and have a look at what is on offer,” said Councillor Cullens.