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The Assembly Rooms.

The Assembly Rooms.

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The Assembly Rooms market in Lancaster has closed for three weeks while refurbishment works take place to the 18th century building.

Until March 26, Lancaster City Council, the owner of the 18th century building, will be carrying out repairs to improve the King Street premises.

Works will focus on repairing and painting the ceiling and revamping vacant stalls in readiness for new traders.

The market, which open s from Tuesday to Saturday, is home to a curious mix of small stalls selling everything from vintage fashion to books, comics, miniatures and collectables.

During the closure, one of the traders, First Age Comics, will continue trading from The Storey Creative Industries Centre in Meeting House Lane.

After the refurbishment work has taken place there will be a limited amount of space available for new traders.

The council is particularly keen to hear from people who are interested in running a vintage stall.

Coun Jon Barry, cabinet member with responsibility for markets, said: “The Assembly Rooms is one of the city’s hidden gems and an essential part of what makes Lancaster special.

“So it is right that Lancaster City Council invests in maintaining this unique building for the benefit of both its customers and traders.

“This is a great time for anyone wishing to start a new business or expand on an existing one to consider taking up space in this historic building.”

Stall rates start from just £16 a week. Anyone interested in finding out more should contact market manager Tracey Bruce on 01524 414251 or email tbruce@lancaster.gov.uk.