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Marina market aiming to bring in the crowds

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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BOSSES at a marina near Burton are hopeful a new food and craft extravaganza will help draw in the crowds.

Barton Marina has agreed a deal to host two more ‘Last Sunday of the Month’ markets following its debut in April.

And should the upcoming events in May and June prove popular with tourists, it could become a regular feature by the waterside.

Stallholders are continuing to be snapped up for the next event on May 25, which will feature an assortment of vintage goods and tasty treats, with organisers Sketts hopeful more people will pay a visit to the marina over the bank holiday weekend.

The company has ran similar events in town centres across the Midlands and was keen on the idea of setting up by the water after being approached by bosses attempting to boost tourism.

It comes at a time when plans to build nine new shops in the area are also in the pipeline.

Steve McKendrick, owner of The Butcher, The Baker and The Ice Cream Maker, at the marina, is hopeful the market will attract more people to the area.

He said: “Anything that brings more people to the site is a good thing.

“It’s early days but we need to be positive. We need to introduce new people to the area. The area people are coming from is getting larger and larger and we need to take advantage of that.

“But at the same time there are people in the immediate area who haven’t been to the marina. Hopefully this will make them come along and they might think of coming back and browsing around in the future.”

A marina spokesman said: “They were mainly operate in town centres like Solihull, Stratford and Coventry so we are pleased to get them. We think this could really take off.”

Russell Dean, from Sketts, added: “We’ve currently got 16 stallholders and envisage that will increase to around 20. We’re happy with the feedback we’ve had and hope to be able to do it on a regular basis.”

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