As non-essential retail continues to reopen across the country, on Thursday 15 April Mary took the chance to visit both the Food Producers’ and Crafters’ Market in Durham Market Place and Durham Market Hall.
Mary spent time talking to a number of traders, all of whom have had different experiences throughout the pandemic, and she was delighted to be able to show her support for independent businesses across the constituency.
“I was absolutely delighted to be able to meet with the traders at both the Food Producers’ and Crafters’ Market, as well as those who are based in the Market Hall itself, and to have a chat about their experiences during the pandemic.
As lockdown measures ease, it is wonderful that events such as this can return to the city, and those traders who have had to close for so long can once again reopen. Not only is Durham a wonderful place to live, but the Market Hall and the outdoor events in the Market Place make it an exciting and unique place to visit and shop. I would encourage everyone to support our independent traders.”
Colin Wilkes, Managing Director of Durham Markets Company, commented:
“The last 12 months have been difficult for the whole retail sector, our city’s independents have been forced to close for much of the time. Now we’ve reopened, we want to encourage people back into our city centre to shop safely and comfortably. It’s wonderful that Mary Kelly Foy, the city’s MP, is keen to show her support, chat with traders and shoppers, and raise awareness for independent businesses; the very businesses that make the city a unique shopping experience.”