ORANGE PIP RETURN TO BAKER-BEDFORD STREETS ANTICIPATED
By Andrew Pain
Thursday 15 Jun 2017 14:05:00
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Middlesbrough's Orange Pip Market Summer Special is expected to be a Centre Square one-off following an overwhelming public response.

Owing to the overcrowding on Baker and Bedford Street organisers Middlesbrough Council took the decision to relocate its Saturday, June 24 event onto Centre Square.

It was said that if successful Orange Pip would stay there for its instalments in July and August with a further review for the autumn season.

However, following the scale of the response from its thousands of loyal followers – around 6,500 people on average attend each Orange Pip – the local authority is currently looking into the best way of expanding out from Baker and Bedford into one or more nearby streets in order to ensure public safety.

It is likely that a re-configured Orange Pip would see the stage area moved to Albert Road, part of which will be closed on market days, to allow greater movement for visitors and a larger event space overall.

The market has already expanded markedly since its launch last year and once again Middlesbrough Council are looking to give it some breathing space.

In the meantime Orange Pip fans are being promised a not-to-be-missed Summer Special in Centre Square on Saturday, June 24.

Sharon Thomas, Middlesbrough Council’s Director of Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “We will be making announcements about what to expect from our June Summer Special very soon but what we can say is that it is going to be fabulous.

“We know how well loved Orange Pip Market is and it stands out as one of Middlesbrough Council’s big success stories of recent times. We had no idea how big it was going to be but it has been absolutely brilliant and already grown beyond our initial hopes.

“We want our loyal following to know that we are working to find a solution that keeps Orange Pip on Baker and Bedford Street, but also ensures public safety and allows access to prams, pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.”

A council report released earlier this year revealed that Orange Pip Market has led to a town centre “business boom” worth an estimated £1m to the local economy.

Local business owners have also told how Orange Pip has led to a 120% increase in sales when compared like for like against non-market Saturdays.

 



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