Gemma offers a market trade with a difference

Gemma Hopkins struts her stuff in Castle Market.
Gemma Hopkins struts her stuff in Castle Market.
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GENERATIONS of Sheffielders have come to know that if you want that certain something then chances are you will find it down at the Castle Market.

Fish, meat, fruit, veg, clothes, vacuum spares, cobblers, shoes and handbags. You name it and there is someone selling it ‘down t’Castle’ in the city centre.

But it is probably the last place you would turn if you were after learning how to pole dance... until now that is.

Gemma Hopkins who has opened a stall teaching that very subject - with sessions starting at just £4.

The 27-year-old mum of three, from Pitsmoor, who admits she hardly fits the pole dancing stereotype, is already turning heads and taking bookings.

She said: “My aim is to spread the word of pole fitness and dance to everyone possible.

“Pole dancing a great way to keep fit and it also builds your confidence.

“And it isn’t just for the young skinny beautiful women, although they are welcome to join us.

“Seeing what pole dance has done for me in terms of fitness and confidence and overall self image has made me determined to encourage others.

“Castle Market gets many students and mums through its doors and they could benefit massively from these classes.

“Age is no object, anyone over the age of 16 can join us and, yes, men can do it too.”