PHOTO GALLERY: Customers roll up for first Teenage Market

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Sleaford’s first-ever Teenage Market was held in the town’s Market Place on Saturday.

The exciting, brand-new event for the town started off small for its first occasion with half a dozen stalls, organised by the Sleaford Town Team to coincide with Love Your Local Market Fortnight.

Sleaford first Teenage Market. L-R Imogene Garfoot 13 and Eloise Garfoot 15 on their stall, Artee. EMN-150525-110016001

Sleaford first Teenage Market. L-R Imogene Garfoot 13 and Eloise Garfoot 15 on their stall, Artee. EMN-150525-110016001

It featured a range of local young people who have set up trading as small, independent businesses providing a variety of crafts and services.

There were also performers, including a rapper and a DJ, plus demonstrations by Sleaford Gymnastics Club.

The second one planned for July 5 will potentially see 20-30 teenage traders.

Chairman of the Town Team Clare Rayner said the experience will help nurture young talent and build confidence among the fledgling traders.

Local schools are all supporting the project along with donations to fund resources from individuals and local businesses. The Federation of Small Businesses is sponsoring the Teenage Market to the tune of £2,000 over the next two years.

The first teenage market was set up three years ago in Stockport as part of the Portas Pilot town scheme. The young founders secured a £50,000 government grant to expand the idea to other towns under licence.