Shoppers in Stockton Town Centre were yesterday (28 May) greeted with ‘random acts of kindness’ from the Town’s traditional market traders.
The ‘random acts of kindness’ came in many different forms from a free bunch of bananas, a cup of tea, vouchers for Stockton’s Splash leisure centre, cinema tickets or a meal for two. Some unsuspecting shoppers were even asked if they wanted a hug!
The celebrations were part of ‘Love Your Local Market’ fortnight which has been taking place nationally and across Stockton Borough from 14 to 28 May. In Billingham and Thornaby traders decorated their stalls with bunting, balloons and gave away badges and free ‘Love Your Local Market’ hessian bags.
Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: "We called on residents and visitors to show their love for Stockton Borough’s markets – and in return it was great to see them receiving a special thank you from the traders in the form of a random act of kindness.
“Stockton is a town with a strong markets heritage and it’s important we build on this tradition as part of Stockton Town Centre’s transformation. That’s why we are further developing what our markets offer through both the traditional market and our extensive programme of specialist markets.”