Hyde’s town’ market came alive on Saturday when hundreds of shoppers and visitors came out in their droves to visit the Town Teams first ‘Meet the Market’ event.
As shoppers and bargain hunters browsed the traditional familiar retail stalls, they found that many of the booths, stalls and pitches had been occupied for the day by 17 of the towns ‘big name’ retailers, charities and community groups, who’d abandoned their stores and online presence, to come out into the sunshine in order to get ‘up front and personal’ with the changing face of Hyde’s market shoppers and explore the impact they may have on the town and the people who live and work in the area.
In Hyde, the market is geographically at the very heart of the town, and as one has come to expect from northerners and their exchange of light-hearted banter; the towns’ community of traders have always been happy to chat with their customers, making sure everyday products, new lines and friendly customer service remains ‘part and parcel’ of Hyde market life.
However, changing shopping habits have meant that all outdoor markets as well as the ‘traditional’ shops that once graced our high streets, are now having to change; and by holding this mini-exhibition; which attracted a wide range of family shoppers; reminded all those involved of the rich history and colourful stories that once attracted many people from across the borough to flock into Hyde for the market alone.
Speaking on behalf of Hyde’s Town Team, Harvey Beeley, thanked everyone for making this event so successful, and announced, that based on the events favourable outcome, the team had already been approached by at 5 other businesses who would like to be invited to the next event; plus the local PCSO’s, in addition every business who joined in, eager to ‘Meet the Market’ today wants to be included in the next on! Most retailers have reported good sales and renewed interest in what they provide; all have said that they have benefited in some way and the Manager of Hyde’s Iceland store was ecstatic at the result!
Harvey also added his thanks’ to Cllr.Phil Chadwick for supporting the event along with his family, and Cllr.Ruth Welsh, who added her support and expressed her thanks to the volunteers from the Town Team for their consistent efforts to promote Hyde Town Centre. And last but not least, Harvey expressed a special thanks to the children from ‘Miss Bec’s School of Dance’ whose performances throughout the day had the cheering crowds enthralled.
In order to capitalise on this initial success, Hyde Town Team will now begin planning for next year’s ‘Meet the Market’ event with an even bigger and wider ranging retail participation, to ensure it continues into the future, in the hope that the market and town centre soon regains its place as one of the key retail activity centres of the borough.
Hyde Town Centre and indoor/outdoor market may never return to the historically thriving days that it once enjoyed, but if the enthusiasm, energy, positivity and drive created by the Town Team’s group of volunteers, coupled with the towns forward looking retailers is anything to go by, it will certainly get close!