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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Carlisle's old fire station turned into bustling indoor market

Students were hoping for top marks after transforming a former fire station into a bustling indoor market.

Carlisle market photo
Joanne Litt on her Dream Catcher Glitter Glass stall

Second year event management students from the University of Cumbria organised the arts and crafts market at Carlisle’s Old Fire Station on Saturday.

It was the culmination of months of hard work and the event, which featured dozens of stalls from local businesses, proved a hit among shoppers.

One of the organisers Anna Parry, from Whitehaven, explained: “We each had our own role and duties to perform and mine was health and safety.

“I did a full risk assessment and made sure there was first aid on hand and things like that.

“It’s been a lot of hard work but I’m really pleased with how it’s gone and seeing all the exhibitors here made it all worthwhile.

“There’s nothing else like this in the city centre so I’m hoping we get top marks!”

Their hard work did not go unnoticed as course lecturer Carol Milnes was on hand to cast her eye on proceedings.

She said: “This was something the students wanted to do collectively and they have done everything, from liaising with exhibitors to securing the venue.

“I’m absolutely delighted with their efforts – they have all worked so hard.

“In the four years I’ve been teaching it is the single biggest event our students have ever put on.”

One exhibitor, Lynn Barlow, who runs Wigton-based flower company Lynn de la Plants, said: “It’s been really good – I’ve had a lot of interest which is great. I found out about the day through Facebook and it went from there. It’s been very well organised.”

Chloe Maitland, of Morton, who was browsing the various stalls on offer, said: “It has been great seeing all the different arts and crafts – there’s something for everyone.”

Four-year-old Sophie Whitelaw and her sister Amy, nine, added: “We’ve been enjoying all the sweets and candy floss!”

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