Opinion: Birstall Chamber of Trade’s Anne Thompson

GOOD NEWS Birstall Market has been saved from closure.
GOOD NEWS Birstall Market has been saved from closure.

I really love this time of year. The daffs and crocuses are beginning to put on their annual display, and the buds on the trees are slowly peeping through.

Admittedly, it’s still a bit breezy in the Trossachs, but the clocks go forward in a couple of weeks and we can all start thinking about shedding some of the eight layers of clothing we’ve been bundled up in for the last few months.

A couple of months ago I was suffering from a terribly bunged up nose. Unable to take decongestants, the pharmacist recommended smelling salts, which worked brilliantly. She also said that they’d last for years.

However, this claim could be put to the test if a rumour I’ve just heard is true that the vision in leather, Guy Martin, is being tipped to take over from Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear. Couple this with the return of Poldark and the potential for my being in a permanent state of swoon will use up the smelling salts in no time at all.

Like I said, I really love this time of year.

This week has also brought the very welcome news that the threat of the closure of Birstall and Batley markets has been lifted, and our thanks go to Peter McNulty-Senior who has been granted a license to operate the markets.

The markets are an integral part of the business profile of both towns, and we sincerely hope that more traders can be encouraged to take a stall. People do like markets, and we hope that shoppers continue to support ours.

The deadline of April 10 for the consultation on the future of the libraries is fast approaching. If you haven’t taken part yet, could I please ask that you do.

The process is really easy, you can go online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/libraries, or complete the form in any library. You have a very real opportunity to make a difference, and secure these vital services.

The Chamber of Trade’s fundraising events kick off this month with a fun quiz night on Friday March 27 at the Oakwell Motel.

The tickets are only £3 which includes a buffet supper, and are available at High Ridings Travel, the Fashion Workroom, Seaspray chippy, Watsons estate agents, Brearleys solicitors, the Pet Shop and Bishops bakery. So get a team together, get your thinking caps on, and come along and have a giggle!