BUTCHER John Mettrick is one of the latest traders set to take a stand at Stalybridge’s Farmers’ Markets - at the request of MP Jonathan Reynolds.
The high quality markets are one of the ways that Tameside Council and the newly-formed Stalybridge Town Team are trying to breathe new life into the town centre.
And last week Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds dropped-in to see John Mettrick at his Glossop store to talk to him about his decision to trade on the market in Stalybridge.
“Stalybridge doesn’t have a traditional butcher’s shop of its own anymore,” said Mr Reynolds, who made the initial suggestion to John that he may wish to trade on the Farmers’ Market. “So I am delighted that a butcher’s with the reputation of JW Mettrick and Son Ltd have agreed to take part in the Farmers’ Markets.
“Of course it would be great to think Stalybridge could ultimately attract a permanent butcher back onto the high street – but as our shopping tastes and habits change we have to accept that that might not be possible.
“The newly formed Stalybridge Town Team aims to make the town a place that people want to visit – both to do their shopping and to spend their leisure time.
“The development of markets - like the Farmers’ Market – is just one of a number of ideas that I hope with bring people back into Stalybridge.”
This week Stalybridge Town Team will submit a bid to the Government to become one of 12 towns that will pilot the ideas in the Portas Review, through the allocation of funding to Town Teams.
The Review recognises the positive way markets can steer shoppers and visitors back to the high street – while enabling new entrepreneurs to try out their business ideas with limited financial outlay.
Mr Reynolds – who is a member of the Stalybridge Town Team – hopes the increase in the number of markets, will help to regenerate the town centre and support new businesses.
*The Stalybridge Three Shires Farmers Markets are usually held in Armentieres Square on the second Sunday of every month, between 9am and 1.30pm. The next Farmers Market in Stalybridge will be held on May 13.
Published on 27 March, 2012