We opened the doors of The Glass Umbrella for the first time last Saturday and Stockport Market began its journey to going ‘Totally Locally’. During our opening day, Ann Coffey MP popped in for a cup of coffee and a slice of banana cake from the delicious Wonderland Cakes, along with Jessie Rose who came in and played a fantastic acoustic set.
Assistant Dean of Stockport College Paul Proctor visited and admired the work of Philippa Lightburn our Teenage Market stall holder who was selling her graphic designs. It’s this type of creative use of space and performance which the Glass Umbrella aims to promote.
After Jessie Rose wowed everyone with her impressive display of musicianship the Two Old Codgers jumped on to the floor with their guitar to belt out a few classics including a bizarre OAP take on Human League’s Don’t You Want Me.
They introduced this number by pointing to an unassuming lady at the front claiming ‘Don’t you remember when we met?’ bewildered she answered ‘Yes, just before!?’ The Two Old Codgers then announced they would remind her and began ‘You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar…’ It was hilarious indeed with the amused if not frightened audience sat under two feet away from the grey wig wearing duo.
The festive fun continues on Saturday with the What The Dickens! Victorian themed event bringing family entertainment to the Market and Underbanks area including Plaza Youth & Juniors singing on the steps of The Glass Umbrella. On Sunday the fabulous Vintage Village Christmas Crackers Fair takes over the Market Hall and on both days we will be running our Pop Up Teenage Market with young creative stallholders in the shop.