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   The Grade II listed market hall with its iconic clock tower (left)
Nicholas Fenwick, who has worked at the family butchers stall on Darlington market for the past 34 years, welcomes the redevelopment but questions whether it will happen after past disappointments
  MAM bought the market in 2017 and their redevelopment plans have been eagerly anticipated by traders.
The good news, according to market manager Alex Nicholson, is that the refurbishment is imminent.
Although there is no firm timetable yet, work on the selected option should start next year, with the aim of keeping the market open while the redevelopment is carried out.
“The roof which has been leaking for the past 40 years will be repaired this summer,” said Alex. As well as supporting concerned indoor traders, Alex and her team have also been busy
developing the town’s outdoor markets.
MAM has taken delivery of 60 new red and white gazebos for Darlington’s outdoor market traders. The team recently staged the town’s second food festival and it is trialling night markets from four to nine pm on the first Thursday of the month from June, as well as a new farmers’ market on the first Sunday of the
Alex said: “We have been getting a lot of
interest for the night markets, particularly from street food businesses, and we aim to attract families and bring people into Darlington from a wide area.”

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