School children have been coming up with ideas of what they’d like to see on Wellingborough Market.
Scooter repairs and a sweet stall were the top ideas from the next generation of traders in the town.
The children were asked to imagine what they would sell if they became a market trader and to design and colour their ideal stall. They submitted their ideas to the borough council as part of a competition that ran throughout the summer.
The winning entry came from nine-year-old Ronnie Webb, who designed a scooter repair stall selling wheels, clamps and grips. His original idea and well laid out stall won him a £20 Captain Neil’s Toy Chest voucher.
Runner up Joelle Chow, aged eight, drew herself as owner of a sweet stall, with a wide variety of colourful and tasty treats on offer. Special praise was given to the overall design of her stall, which was described by judges as "just so cheerful and inviting." Her prize was a £10 voucher.
Other entries included stalls selling cupcakes, ice cream, flowers, fruit and veg, and football shirts.
Councillor Martin Griffiths, chairman of the market working group and deputy leader of the council said: "It’s great to see young people getting behind our market. We had some really excellent ideas submitted and judges found it very difficult to decide on a winner. The children had obviously put a lot of thought and effort into their entries.
"We’d love to see Ronnie and Joelle, and the other young people who designed stalls, take up a place on our market in the future."
The competition was advertised through local schools and was part of an ongoing campaign to encourage both shoppers and traders to visit Wellingborough Market. Throughout the summer the council organised free children’s entertainment as part of the campaign.
Cllr Griffiths said: "We were very pleased with how the activities went this summer. We put on a free bouncy castle every week and a Punch and Judy show which attracted crowds of people.
"Wellingborough Market has a lot to offer and I believe these activities have helped encourage people to come along and give us a try."
More information about the market, including application packs for new traders, can be found on the market pages of Wellingborough Council's website.