DROITWICH Town Council is launching a charter market for the town, with the first market due to take place at the beginning of April.

The town has been granted a charter to hold a market since the 16th century, but it hasn’t been a regular Droitwich feature for quite some time.

Councillor Bob Brookes, chairman of the charter market sub-committee said: “Droitwich Spa Town Council have been looking for ways to encourage trade and make the town a more interesting visitor destination by having a regular weekly market. Droitwich Spa was granted a Charter for a Market in 1553 but changes in the law over the last 460 years have meant that it was not a simple matter to arrange, and a great deal of work was needed by councillors and the town clerk to make this possible.

“I am excited to announce that the market will begin on Friday, April 4, and will then be open every Friday.”

The market is initially being operated for a three month trial period by Joe Jones of OnetoOne Events, who deals with several of the markets in nearby towns.

It will be set up in Victoria Square, outside the library and the tourist information centre, with more stalls running off the High Street into Saltbarrow Market, with the two areas being linked by the St Andrews Shopping Centre, and there are hopes it will boost trade in the town.

Coun Brookes added: “Droitwich Spa Town Council will be keeping a close eye on its operation to ensure that all goes smoothly during the trial period. I urge residents to come along and enjoy this regular weekly event with the opportunity to support our local traders.”

The Market is operated by Mr Joe Jones of OnetoOne Events, who oversees many of the local markets in the adjoining towns. There are special arrangements for local businesses to take place in the market. Anyone interested in taking part, should contact Mr Jones on 07866 914735 or call the town council offices on 01905 774258.