THE DIVERSITY and variety of goods available at one of the North East’s oldest markets have been highlighted in a new guide.

Stockton’s 700-year-old market is known as “the Queen of the North” because of the number of stalls and range of items on offer.

And now those details have been highlighted in a special guide created by the town’s Business Improvement District.

The guide – which is available throughout the town – showcases what each of the 100 market stalls sells and which of the three weekly market days they are present.

Stockton Market, which moved to its town centre location two years ago, prides itself on its long history and the quality of its offering and it is this that has driven the publication.

“Stockton Market isn’t called the Queen of the North for nothing,” said Richard Beddard, Markets and Town Centre Cleansing Manager.

“It’s a real asset to the town and we believe the best way to showcase this is with a guide which highlights the sheer variety of goods that are on offer.

“We hope the guide will act as a reminder to local people to use the market and also entice visitors to come and visit Stockton.”

The market – which is held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – offers an eclectic mix from baby clothes to shoe repairs, from confectionary to hair dressing services.

Stalls cover everything from wet fish sales to a range of cafes and services such as key cutting, pet supplies and collectables.

“The fact that we also have really affordable parking which in many cases is free for the first hour or two makes visiting Stockton even more appealing,” said Karen Hindhaugh, manager of Stockton BID.

The publication is the latest in a long line of initiatives from Stockton BID, which includes creating a book of discounts for a variety of outlets across the town along with organising events such as the Fashion Extravaganza, Hidden Stockton tours and Kapow.

For further information visit www.rediscoverstockton.co.uk

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