SHOPPERS could soon make their way back to Northwich’s artisan market at Barons Quay, after organisers set a provisional reopening date.

Denise Valente, who organises the artisan market, says the first event in the town should take place on Saturday, May 8.

She added that date was contingent on the government’s roadmap deadlines remaining as they are.

Ms Valente told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “For the town it would be phenomenal because I think, as long as people still stick to the Covid secure measures which they did last year, everyone will be grateful to get back out.

“The public are desperate to get out and do ‘normal things’ safely. Our events are very, very safe. We went above and beyond the government guidelines [last year] and we have worked with Barons Quay to make sure safety measures are in place and followed.

“It will mean a great deal for individual traders who have not been able to trade for a long time. Many of them are from Northwich and are desperate to get out and get going again. It’s very exciting.”

Other dates shown on the market’s website include June 12, July 10, August 14, and September 11.