Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton celebrates independence

Monday, June 30, 2014

Come to Stockton this Independence Day.

That’s the message from Stockton Council who are organising the town’s first “Independents’ Market” on America’s Independence Day.

Between 11am and 3pm this Friday (4 July) people are encouraged to visit the Market on Silver Street which will include a vast array of independent traders ranging from vintage gifts and homewares to gemstone jewellery and yarns and knitted accessories.

A Town Crier will be directing people to the stalls and urging visitors to explore the full array of Stockton’s independent businesses based on Silver Street, the High Street and other streets and yards leading from it.

Many of the traders are based in Stockton Town Centre so shoppers visiting their stalls will be able find out where some of the town’s independents are usually located.

From gourmet food to specialist clothing boutiques, handmade wooden toys to charming cafés, there is plenty to discover in Stockton.

Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “Stockton is offering something different to most other town centres or retail parks. Its range of more than 100 independent shops means you can find items here that you can’t find elsewhere.

“This year’s specialist markets programme is the busiest ever with the town hosting a specialist market at least once a month which is further boosting the unique shopping experience. This Friday’s Independents' Market is another example of how the Council is working with local traders to make Stockton stand out from the crowd. I hope the Borough’s residents as well as people living further afield take the opportunity to support local businesses, see what the town has to offer and spread the word about Stockton.

“The physical regeneration of Stockton Town Centre is now in its final year and anyone who visits on a regular basis can see how quickly it is transforming. These physical changes mean that the unique shopping experience in Stockton will soon be supported by an environment which is welcoming and enticing. People will be able to easily get to all of the town’s businesses and leisure opportunities and there will be plenty of places where people can relax and enjoy Stockton’s packed programme of events too.”

To find out more about Stockton’s specialist markets programme and the progress of the town’s regeneration visit 

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