The essential items market at Barnstaple Pannier Market is set to continue on a Friday throughout lockdown following a successful first week.

The first one day small market for essential items took place last Friday (13 November) and following a warm welcome from local residents will continue throughout the lockdown on Friday 20 and 27 November. Doors to the market are from 9am until 4pm and will help residents living near to town access essential supplies including vegetables, hardware, spices, meat and cakes. 

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: "I'm delighted that this initiative to open the market for essential items was a success. It is really important for us to have the market open as much as possible for the regular customers who live nearby so that they can still access these items. For our valued traders, having this opportunity helps to keep them going though the current lockdown too, until a time in the not to distant future when market life can return to our new normal.

"Many local businesses that are still operating during lockdown have been listed on our new Lockdown Shopping Directory as part of our Live Love Local campaign. This can be found on our website at www.northdevon.gov.uk/lockdown-shopping."

Stay up-to-date with the latest news from Barnstaple Pannier Market by following the market's facebook page @BarnstaplePannierMarket. General markets are due to return following the current national lockdown, updates will be posted on the facebook page.

Tips and advice on how to support local businesses can be found on the 'Live Love Local' Facebook and Instagram pages (@livelovelocalnorthdevon). Independent businesses that would like to be included in the 'Live Love Local' directory of online shops (www.northdevon.gov.uk/coronavirus/lockdown-shopping) should email communications@northdevon.gov.uk

The council's 'Live Love Local' campaign is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and HM Government.