New market set for station debut

The 'green beans' get ready for the new market at Whitley Bay station. Picture by Dave Turnbull.

The 'green beans' get ready for the new market at Whitley Bay station. Picture by Dave Turnbull.

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A new monthly market is making its debut this weekend.

The Green Beans Market will launch at Whitley Bay Metro Station at 10am on Sunday.

The new market has grown from local support for the adjacent Station Master’s Garden, Yoga Station, and station based events.

It is to be piloted over a four-month period before a decision is made on its long-term future.

Organisers are hoping to create a sustainable market, improve knowledge about food, promote health food, and stimulate creativity.

Stella Hall, local resident and director of the Festival of Thrift in Darlington and now Redcar, said: “It is great to have such a fantastic community resource on our doorstep, let’s all use it and help it to grow for the benefit of Whitley Bay.”

Duika Burges Watson, chair of the adjacent Station Master’s Garden, said: “The market is a wonderful complement to the garden with the focus on food, produce and upcycling and other activities at the station like the new Engine Room rehearsal space.

“Moreover, we’ve had great success with our ‘food swap’ events in the past and the market will be carrying on this tradition.

“We hope lots of allotment and home gardeners will bring their excess produce to swap.”

• This Sunday will also see the Engine Room music rehearsal room launched at Whitley Bay Metro Station.

Local musicians will perform live music from 10am.

Anyone interested in renting the free rehearsal space, supported by Tyne Idols, should email theengineroomWB@gmail.com

Ryan Siddall, director of the Engine Room and local musician, said: “This is a much needed resource for young creative talent at the Coast – there is nothing else like it.”