First street market for ‘thriving’ Crookes to celebrate vibrant shops

(l-r) Nigel Burgen, of Just Natural, Cllr Anne Murphy, Jenny Stoomer, of Haybrook, and Michele Vincent and Pauline Harrison, of Crookes Forum are organising the first Crookes Street Market. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Nigel Burgen, of Just Natural, Cllr Anne Murphy, Jenny Stoomer, of Haybrook, and Michele Vincent and Pauline Harrison, of Crookes Forum are organising the first Crookes Street Market. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A vibrant street market celebrating independent shops in Crookes will be the first for the suburb this weekend.

Organisers of the new Crookes Street Market on Sunday October 11 hope it will become as popular as events held in Sharrow Vale or Nether Edge.

Reece Lippolis, of Urban Pantry will have a stall at the first Crookes Street Market. Picture: Andrew Roe

Reece Lippolis, of Urban Pantry will have a stall at the first Crookes Street Market. Picture: Andrew Roe

There will be 30 stalls, selling everything from food to crafts, beer tasting and singing from the Chorus Choir along Stannington View Road and Colchester Road from 10am until 4pm.

“It’s fantastic, this will get all the community coming together and create a lot of interest in Crookes,” said Nigel Burgon, who runs shop Just Natural.

“There is so much interest from customers already saying they want to come.”

The event has been organised by the Crookes Forum with local businesses, and Haybrooks estate agents paid for 10,000 leaflets.

Crookes Coun Anne Murphy, who was also involved, said: “People have been asking us for a market since last year, we organised a ‘welcome to Crookes’ event and a lot of businesses were interested in a street market because they know how popular those in Nether Edge and Sharrow Vale are, but also because it is a way of promoting local firms and Crookes as a shopping area.

“We have some fantastic independent businesses in Crookes and that’s what we want to encourage more of.”

Michele Vincent, secretary of Crookes Forum, added: “Crookes has got an awful lot to offer and sometimes people go elsewhere, but we have got a lot of great shops and friendly people already.”

Fellow forum member Pauline Harrison, who moved to Crookes recently, added: “I have found that it is a really thriving community.”

Parts of the two roads will be closed from 8.30am.