THE OPENING date of a new market near Stroud which is set to be a 'game-changer' has been revealed. 

Stonehouse Town market is set to launch on Saturday, June 11 - the same day as the Queen's official birthday.  

Organisers are currently assessing the applications for stall holders, ensuring they have 'the best traders' they can offer for the event. 

They also hope that the communities in Stonehouse - and the surrounding areas -  will make the town vibrant on a Saturday afternoon.

Conservative Councillor for Stroud District Council and Gloucestershire County Council (Stonehouse) Nick Housden has hailed the announcement. 

"It is fantastic to see this coming to life," said Mr Housden. 

"I hope to see you all out showing support for this fantastic group with a project that will reinvigorate our High Street.

“A weekly market in Stonehouse is something I pledged to deliver in the elections last year. 

"I am delighted to see that after so much work behind the scenes the date is set for this to begin. 

"The market will be a ‘game changer’ for Stonehouse, helping support businesses along our High Street by driving in footfall, and bringing a fresh energy to the town after the pandemic. 

"Residents will be able to get a fantastic selection of locally sourced goods right on their doorstep.

"I am really looking forward to the launch. 

"On the same day we celebrate the Queen's Birthday, which will the theme for the opening.”

"We didn’t realise at the beginning of this, almost 1 year ago, that it would take quite so long," wrote the Facebook post which announced the news last week. 

"But as a group of volunteers, we persevered and fought our way to getting things done.

"If you have previously expressed your interest in having a regular stall at the Stonehouse Town Market, we will be in touch over the next few weeks."

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