Sunday car boots set to return to Longridge next month

Longridge Civic Hall where the car boots are set to return to.
Longridge Civic Hall where the car boots are set to return to.
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The Sunday car boot sale is set to make a return to Longridge next month.

The woman behind the revival of the car boot sales at the civic hall says they have been a much missed feature from the town’s Sunday calendar, so decided “it was high time that they started up again!”

Jodie Harrington, from Longridge, took matters into her own hands after speaking to a group of friends over coffee about how much they missed the car boot sales.

She said: “I decided to ask around to see if others felt the same as I did. The response was overwhelming, not only had people missed them, but they were absolutely desperate to see it up and running again.

“That was all the incentive that I needed to phone up the co-ordinators of the civic hall, Neil Loughborough and Peter Smithson and ask about the possibility of starting them again.

“Neil and Peter couldn’t have been more helpful, in fact, they were more than aware of how much the car boot sales were missed and had been thinking about the possibility of starting them again.

“We met up the very next day to discuss matters further.”

Jodie says everything then moved along “very quickly” and she has been “incredibly busy” organising the event to make sure it is “amazing” for all who support it.

The date of the first car boot is going to be Sunday, April 3, and it will run most Sundays with the exception of April 17 and 24; June 26; July 24 and August 21 because the civic hall is already booked on those dates.

This year’s car boots will then finish on December 4 and re-start again on January 29, 2017.

“I want to see this event grow to be as popular as it used to be, Longridgers deserve that,” said Jodie, adding she also has the

support of popular Longridge business, The Ginger Baker, run by Sharon Loving.

She says she initially asked Sharon if she would like to be involved with organising the event.

“However,” she said: “It soon became apparent that I would be making a huge mistake if I didn’t ask her to run the car boot cafe. Her baking skills are second to none and she has a popular and loyal following. It makes perfect sense to marry the two.”

Jodie is also hoping that in the future she may be able to host other events alongside the car boot sale, making Longridge a popular Sunday destination.

Jodie, who runs her own personalised gift business “Happy Squirrels” says she is going to be helped by her husband and son to run the car boots and said: “I think we could see a regular food market added on to this as it will introduce traders to an entirely new customer base.”

The first car boot will open up at 8am on April 3 and if anyone would like to book a stall she says please get in touch as soon as possible as places are filling up fast.

She said: “We can only guarantee a space if pre-booked. We also welcome traders and craft or home produce stalls but you will need to check on availability by contacting us.”

Prices are £10 for pre-booked stalls inside or out or £12 on the day, but tables are not included for outside pitches; £15 for craft or home produce stalls and £25 for registered businesses, ie market or food stalls (outdoor pitches only) - take your own tables, etc. There will also be a free charity stall slot - please contact Jodie if you wish to be put on the waiting list and all enquiries should be made to 01772 378558; by emailing oaktreetrading@hotmail.com or from the website www.longridgecarboot.co.uk.