Further green shoots are being seen at North Ormesby Market as a local plant salesman became the latest to set up stall.
Shaun Sweeney, who has run Shaun’s Flowers and Plants for eight years, said he was keen to “give it a good go” of business at the historic Middlesbrough market.
The green-fingered businessman already operates at Stockton, Thornaby and Billingham markets selling plants, flowers, artificial flowers and also holly wreaths at this time of year.
He was invited to set up stall by Billy Adams, boss of new market operators W Adams, as part of efforts to revitalise the market, known to most as “Doggy Market”.
Shaun will be at North Ormesby Market on Tuesdays. He said: “I know it’s always been a good market, particularly years ago and I know Billy wants to get it back to its former glory so we’re going to give it a good go.
“You can see if we can get word out there that it will build up again. It would be great to see it build up again and be a good, regular market where there’s plenty of variety.”
Mr Adams added: “We are building up a few more traders and getting a good following on Facebook.
“People should have a look and share it with their friends to let them know what’s going on here and we are going to try and put on a packed show for Christmas.”
The area of North Ormesby was established after John Vaughan and geologist John Marley discovered iron ore in the Cleveland Hills in 1850 and it saw a huge population surge after mining began a year later.
A market in North Ormesby has been at the heart of the area for nearly the entire time and the community is said to be built symmetrically around the square market place, including the majestic church of Holy Trinity which towers over it and was built in 1869.
For more information on the market search for North Ormesby Market on Facebook.