Our Re-Opening Ceremony at 106 Highgate

Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP was the guest of honour at Market Place Books’ socially distanced re-opening ceremony on Thursday December 17th


Market Place Books left their previous address in October and moved to 106 Highgate, but lockdown announcements meant that they only had a few weeks trading before having to shut their doors again.


They have reopened since 2nd December and the Christian bookshop, which has been trading in Kendal for 43 years, has been doing a roaring trade of its books and Bibles, along with Christmas cards and festive gifts.


Now finally able to hold a brief ceremony, Manager Matt Severn and the Market Place Books team including deputy Manager Ruth Graves and Trustee Sue Grime were joined by Tim Farron MP and Rev Martyn Coe of Kendal United Reformed Church which owns 106 Highgate where the bookshop is now located.


Tim Farron, whose autobiography A Better Ambition was published last year by SPCK, said ‘Market Place Books is a really important shop that has been going for decades. They do great work and its good to see them in their new home’


Matt Severn, who manages the bookshop, said ‘ this year has been full of challenges for us and for everyone in Kendal. I am so glad that we have been able to secure a long term future for the shop with a supportive partnership. I look forward to continuing our work with churches and people of faith across Cumbria and would urge everyone to come and pay us a visit in our fantastic new premises!”


The shop will be trading all the way to Christmas Eve and will then reopen on January 5th