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Continental Market Comes to Clitheroe this Weekend

Published Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Some of the finest foods and artisan products in Europe will be up for grabs in Clitheroe this weekend, when the town hosts its first continental market.

Shoppers and residents are advised that New Market Street, Clitheroe, will be closed from its junction with King Street to the Clitheroe market car park from 6.00pm on Wednesday 16 April, to 9.00pm on Saturday 19 April.

Gerraud Markets manages 55 continental markets across the country, as well as the famous Covent Garden Sunday Market, and over 50 stallholders from across Europe are expected to take part in the three-day bonanza.

The market, organised by Ribble Valley Borough Council, will feature fine foods, including French charcuterie, continental cheeses and German sausages, and artisan items, such as handmade jewellery and leather goods.

Clitheroe Market will also open on Friday, which is not a normal market day.

Clitheroe has hosted a regular market since the Norman Conquest in the 12th Century.

Over 80 stalls now sell fruit and vegetables, bread and cakes, fish and meat, clothing and lingerie, pottery and craft items, curtains and fabrics, rugs and household textiles, flowers and electrical goods.

It is also home to a number of specialist food traders, including Ferguson's Deli, which is featured on the Ribble Valley Food Trail, and legendary fruit and veg stall Burney's.

Clitheroe is famed for its independent retailers, while the Ribble Valley Food Trail and Clitheroe Food Festival attract thousands of shoppers and food enthusiasts to the borough each year.

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