Visitors and local residents are being urged to make a ‘b-line’ to Bedale next week – to celebrate Yorkshire Day.

The town’s traders are staging a special market on August 1 – the marketplace is expected to be full to capacity with stalls along with visits from the Fire Service and a local traction engine.

The celebrations are being organised by Bedale Town Council in partnership with the new traders marketing group – ‘Brand Bedale’ – and supported by Hambleton District Council’s Vibrant Market Towns team.  It is the first event in a programme designed to encourage residents and visitors to visit the town and support the local economy.

“Yorkshire Day is a very special day for our county,” said Janet Stevens, owner of Red House and one of the founding members of Brand Bedale.

“So where better to celebrate it than in our beautiful market town with a traditional Yorkshire market simply bursting with special treats, goodies and great value goods.  The response to our call for traders has been phenomenal and the market will be the busiest it’s been in years.”

She said confirmed traders include Mason’s Yorkshire Gin, distilled in Bedale – and specialist traders in computer games, cheeses, home-made bakery products, jams and chutneys, leather goods, jewellery, fresh fruit and veg, breads, homewares and garden goods.  And members of Bedale Tourist Information Centre will be serving Yorkshire teas.

The market is open from 7am until mid afternoon.