The Glass Umbrella pop up shop was thriving with talented Teenage Market stallholders as the historical past of Stockport collided with the new and exciting ideas of the present at the What the Dickens! event in Stockport Market area.
Christine Crafts was selling handmade elephant soft toys along with hama bead Christmas decorations, Bubble Trump had wonderfully cosy scarves and gloves they had knitted as well as framed art prints, Rebecca McGillivray was selling her own original artwork of video game collages on canvas and Ben from Funki Munki was selling his handmade greetings cards.
Outside the shop the brilliant performers Plaza Youth gathered round dressed as urchins to serenade British TV icon and national treasure William ‘Bill’ Roache, best known as Ken Barlow, with renditions of Hard Knock Life from Annie and Oom Pah Pah from Oliver!. I chatted to the Coronation Street star about The Teenage Market and The Glass Umbrella and he commented on the beauty of the Market area, saying he wishes us the best of luck with our projects.
It was also great to see the independent shop owners like Mike Lloyd of Jewel on the Hill supporting the young stallholders. Not only did he tell all his customers to come over to The Glass Umbrella, he came over himself and picked up Christmas presents from each of the Teenage Market stallholders. This fantastic support is just what the ‘Totally Locally’ ethos is all about and we hope this will grow throughout the town.
The appearance of Bill Roache amongst the fun and games of the What The Dickens! day was the cherry on top of the wonderful celebration of all things historical. We now need to look forward to the future and help the hardworking emerging talent of Stockport get their businesses up and running so they can start to occupy the empty shops filling the market area.
This Saturday we have more amazing creative gifts on sale from Teenage Market stallholders Christine’s Crafts, Purple Cocoon Illustrations, Rebecca Hadfield Illustration and Rebecca McGillivray. The wonderful Wonderland Cakes has been providing delicious tea and cakes for the customers as they browse the shop so pop in for a lovely cuppa and cupcake. The Glass Umbrella will be open at 8 Market Place from 11am to 4pm. We’ll be having a VIP visit from Mrs Freda Shittington and some live music throughout the day.