This Saturday saw the first Bolton Teenage Market in Victoria Square so, despite the rather disappointing weather (torrential downpour at one point!), the Bolton Live team wanted to pop along to support the initiative and see what was happening. The young people had really pulled out all the stops and I have to say their offers were as varied and professional as other markets I’ve been to.

The prices were refreshingly reasonable – I hesitated over using the term ‘pocket money prices’, but it did seem that prices were pitched to be accessible to all. I particularly wanted to visit Barking Berry’s Bakery, to buy my dogs some treats and to support the inspiring fundraising efforts by young Scarlett who, despite her young age, has been fundraising for several years for dog charities and has raised over £19,000! My dogs, Nellie and Charlie, were really happy with their celebratory cupcakes and demolished them in no time at all!


Great cakes were on sale at the Rumworth Bistro stall and there was an interesting choice of alternative clothes and jewellery from Hades Heaven, where I couldn’t resist buying a funky pair of earrings.


There were some great contemporary bead creations by Jess at Bizzy-Beadz and some beautiful polymer jewellery – check out my great octopus necklace!

The music stage was very good too, there was a band called Motion Bridge playing everything from the Kinks to Green Day when we were there, and they were great. Sport in Bolton kept everyone moving with a range of drop-in sporting activities going on all the time.


Even though the weather was terrible for an hour or so, the good people of Bolton nevertheless turned out in good numbers to enjoy everything on offer. It’s great to have a good news story to celebrate the achievements of the young people who must have worked really hard to make it all happen. It seemed to me it was a great success and I’m sure it will be the first of many.