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Monthly market plan 'could put Tutbury back on the map', say campaigners

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to bring a farmers' market to Tutbury in the hope of getting the village buzzing with trade once again.

Businesses, residents and groups in the area have joined together to try to resurrect the market, which was historically at the heart of village life.

A public meeting has been organised for next week to spread the word to more people, and then organisers say they hope to get the ball rolling on the plans.

Tina Adams, who first came up with the plan, told the Mail: "Since they put the bypass in it has killed Tutbury, and we want to put it back on the map.

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"I've talked to a lot of people and the response has been absolutely fantastic. We've had that many people saying they would like to help."

Many of the businesses in the town have already said they will get involved, and Lesley Smith, curator at Tutbury Castle, said she was keen to boost it by offering some staff in costume when the market was up and running.

If the group is successful in launching the market they are hoping to make it a monthly event.

The plan so far involves shutting off High Street – traffic could be diverted along the bypass – and bringing in stallholders from all over the area.

"We want lots of different things there – butchers, cheesemakers, farmers, craft stalls – all the things we have lost in the area.

"It will bring people out and it will bring more people to Tutbury," Mrs Adams said.

Reverend Ian Whitehead, from St Mary's Church, has already approached people who trade at other markets to see if they might be interested in coming to Tutbury.

Along with the clergy the idea has the backing of the community, with more than 90 people joining a Facebook group about the market.

Dozens of supporters have confirmed they will attend a meeting about the plans next week.

It will take place at The Leopard pub, in Monk Street, at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Further information is available by searching Tutbury Market Day on Facebook.

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