Shoppers flocked to Burnley to support budding entrepreneurs selling goods at the town’s first Teenage Market.
Hundreds of people visited independent stalls, run by young business people of tomorrow aged 13 to 25, selling bespoke items ranging from candles, hand-sewn gifts and upcycled accessories, to tray bakes, henna art and screen printed t-shirts.
Students from Blessed Trinity RC College also ran a stall stocked with children’s fire safety books written and illustrated by them.
The award for the best stall of the day went to a joint stall run by Nicole Tipping, with Crafty Cole upcycled gifts and shabby chic crafts, and Uniquely Yours by Jacob Routh, selling hand-made photo frame gifts.
The winning traders received a handmade Teenage Market cake by Wendy’s Dicing with Icing at Burnley Markets.
Shoppers were also kept entertained throughout the day by talented teenagers, with performances by bands, singers, a fire eater and breather, and a close-up magician.
The Teenage Market took place on Saturday (25th March) on Curzon Street and allowed the town’s youngsters to unleash their creativity and gain some valuable real-life experience.
Marie Shaw, Burnley Market manager, said: “The event was even more successful than we imagined.
“We set up the day to allow teenagers to learn about business and to give them an opportunity to shine.
“I hope that the teenagers who took part gained enough know-how and confidence to keep building their businesses and maybe even take a regular stall in Burnley’s market.
“The traders and performers did us proud and showed to everyone how talented and driven young people can be.”
The event was organised by Burnley Markets and Burnley Town Centre Management with support from Charter Walk Shopping Centre. The Shift Studios, recording studios based in Burnley, also pitched in to support the event and provided the sound for the performers.
The Teenage Market is a nationwide initiative set up by teenage brothers Joe and Tom Barratt from Stockport as a way to support local young people and transform town centres.